Viognier Les Vignes de’a Cote 2015
Winemaking has been part of the Cuilleron family for 3 generations. The estate was established in 1920 by Yves’ grandfather. In the 1960 Yves’ Uncle, Antoine Cuilleron, took over as estate manager before the reins were passed along to Yves in 1987. Yves hadn’t intended to go into the family business. It was during his time in the military in Alsace, France that Yves began tasting wine more extensively and “caught the wine bug”. Years later, when Antoine was ready to retire as estate manager, and the family considered selling the estate, Yves didn’t hesitate to step forward and take over, keeping the estate in the family. The wine making approach is organic, paying true respect to the soil in which the vines grow. This entry level Viognier gives you a glimpse into what Yves Cuilleron’s Condrieu may be like. The wine is intense with white flower and apricot aromas. Fresh on the palate with a lingering finish. A perfect wine to enjoy with shellfish.
Located just 40 min from Cape Town city center with the gorgeous Helderberg Moutains as their backdrop, Eikendal is a winery that concentrates on classic varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. This month I am featuring their very Burgundian styled Chardonnay. The vineyards where the Chardonnay grapes are grown are located near both False and Table Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean. This location is key to as it provides cooling breezes during the hot days and cool nights. What comes across in the glass is a fresh and brightly styled Chardonnay. Ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange peel are backed with minerality and well integrated oak. The finish is long and creamy. Because Eikendal supports non profits that aid children with disabilities, as well as being supporters of several wildlife associations, you can feel socially responsible while you drink this delicious wine!