The magic of Eikendal wines lies in its terroir. The vineyards and estate are situated in what is called the “Golden Triangle” wine growing area of South Africa (stretching from the foothills of the Helderberg to the edge of the Stellenbosch Mountains).
The area’s diversity in soil types (sandstone, shale, granite, and clay), elevations ranging from 60 to 400 meters, and cooling breezes off the nearby False bay make for a microclimate most suitable for producing some of the highest quality grapes and wines in the region.
Eikendal Pinotage reflects the ingenuity of the Saager family from the past 36 years and the rears a unique quality found only in the “Golden Triangle.” Strawberry and pomegranate on the bouquet, while a beautiful mineral core and a fresh lingering finish leave the palate waiting for another sip.
This is a summer red wine that can be enjoyed slightly chilled!
Catherine and Didier Champalou started out in 1983 with one ½ hectare of Chenin, and nearly 4 decades later (with the help of their daughter) they now operate over 21 hectares of the same varietal across 3 communes (Vouvray, Rochecorbon, and Vernou).
The range in terroir aids in producing great Chenin grapes and Vouvray wines. The estate has sought out to produce the best fruit in the region to showcase the multiple facets and versatility of the varietal.
Champalou Vouvray 2016 exudes an off-dry palate with an aromatic nose of white flowers and citrus, crisp green apple flavors and minerality on the palate. Enjoy chilled with Thai food.