Renowned Stellenbosch winery Eikendal has released its limited release Mon Désir Chardonnay 2018 – a classic rendition of the exceptional elegance this varietal can attain. This highly desirable wine is produced only in exceptional years, with the 2018 vintage crafted from grapes from the cool-climate Elgin Valley.
Aromas and flavours to be expected in the wine, finely balanced by judicious oaking, include fresh citrus and orange blossoms. The trait is typical of the vineyard’s particular clone or cutting, which is traditional to the making of sparkling wine.
The excellence of the Eikendal Mon Désir Chardonnay 2018 stands on three pillars. The first, its fruit that hails from a vineyard growing in shale soils of a valley floor. So exceptional was the quality of the vintage that Eikendal decided its provenance deserved to be highlighted as Wine of Origin: Elgin.
A significant part of producing a wine such as the Eikendal Mon Désir Chardonnay lies in the ability to recognise its potential. For Eikendal, which specialises in showcasing the variety, the task fits perfectly with its aims as a pre-eminent House of Chardonnay.
Among single variety wines, the winery’s range includes the Eikendal Chardonnay, an oaked wine; the Janina Unwooded Chardonnay; the Eikendal Blanc de Blanc MCC; and, Infused by Earth Chardonnay. Mon Désir becomes the fifth wine in the group, in outstanding years.
The Eikendal Mon Desir Chardonnay 2018 is available now, at a retail price of around R320 per bottle.