Eikendal to collaborate with Peace Parks Foundation
Issued by Rnadom Hat Communications on behalf of Eikendal - Jul 4th 2016, 08:20
Eikendal Estate has entered a significant collaboration with the internationally renowned Peace Parks Foundation, highlighting its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. The award-winning Stellenbosch winery has committed to donate a portion of sales of its newly released Pinotage 2015 to the conservation body.
The contribution flows from Eikendal Estate’s natural approach to wine making and sustainable farming practices as well as sponsorship of organisations including Cheetah Outreach, the Bushveld Foundation and World of Birds wildlife sanctuary.
Pinotage, a uniquely South African grape varietal, has a natural fit with Peace Parks Foundation, which facilitates the establishment of Southern Africa’s trans-frontier conservation areas and develops human resources, thereby supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity and regional peace and stability.
Eikendal Estate’s Pinotage 2015 is the ideal candidate for the initiative. The wine comes from a lineage of excellence most recently highlighted by its forerunner’s champion performance at the National Wine Challenge (NWC) and inclusion in the list of SA’s top 100 wines.
Eikendal Pinotage 2014 received Double Platinum at the authoritative NWC, which incorporates the Top 100 SA Wines.
Now the 2015 is set to become the new contender. “With every new delivery, we perfect the art of fresh, elegantly perfumed Pinotage,” says Eikendal cellarmaster Nico Grobler. “To a large extent, this requires focus on all the characters you can’t touch and often, can only dream about."
“Here is a wine that shows up the subtlety of the variety. Gone are the days of over-concentration and heavy oaking. Our Pinotage 2015 is a window on the nuance and complexity that make it so enjoyable.”
The estate’s reputation for excellence has much to do with its location in a part of the Stellenbosch wine growing region that is renowned for producing red wine champions in particular. As such, it benefits from ideal climate, soils and aspects. The property lies only some eight kilometres from the ocean and among the foothills of the Helderberg, which provides optimal conditions for the slow, steady ripening of fruit. All this is reflected in the wine through the winemaking team’s preference for minimal intervention.
Since establishment of the cellar in 1981 and subsequent modernising of the vineyards, Eikendal Estate has become well-known for producing a range of consistently excellent wines. These include reds, such as the Classique flagship blend; whites, like the award-winning Chardonnay; rosé and an MCC.
In addition, Eikendal Estate has steadily built a reputation as being a popular, child-friendly destination for amongst others dining, fly-fishing and vineyard walks. The estate is also a supporter of the Pebbles Project for children with special needs.
As part of the collaboration with the Peace Parks Foundation, Eikendal Estate will donate 5% of its Pinotage 2015 sales from its tasting centre.
Eikendal Estate is situated on the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. For more information or wine orders contact Eikendal on: 021 855 1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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