Eikendal Chardonnay and Castello di Verduno Pelaverga
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!
Castello di Verduno
Verduno is a small town in Piedmot located in the most northern commune of Barolo. The grape variety Pelaverga is indigenous to this area of Piedmont and has long been what Verduno is best known for. The castle of Verduno was constructed in the early 1500’s, and was purchased by the Burlotto family in 1909. The Burlotto family had been producing wines in this area since the 1800’s. Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco are the current heads of the estate where they have 5 hectares in Verduno as well as 5 more in Barbaresco. The vineyards in Verduno are planted to Pelaverga and Nebbiolo. This light bodied red is perfect for a warm spring day and should be drank slightly chilled. Notes of sour cherry, almond, and anise are framed by light tannins and a lively acidity. The word Basadone, in the local dialect, is the name for the poppies pictured on the label. Basadone also means “little kiss” and local tradition has it that Pelaverga is an aphrodisiac.