Eikendal’s 9th House

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Eikendal with its prominent vaulted cellar on the foot the Helderberg in the Cape Winelands, has released their first white wine for 2009, the silky, rich Semillon 2008.
“Each year we have a ceremonial blessing where we baptise our first wine for that specific year with a suitable name. Our Semillon 2008 was christened ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+ë9th House’ by radio personality John Maytham, owing to its ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+ëout of this world’ elegance and finesse. In Astrology the ninth house is the house that is all about travel, culture and intellectual and spiritual refinement. These features are all present in this ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+ëstellar’ wine,” explains Eikendal cellarmaster Henry Kotz+¬.
A galaxy of layered fruit aromas and well-balanced acidity was achieved through careful fermentation in small oak barrels, revealing a radiating, classic dry white wine with a luring satin texture sure to spin the senses out of orbit. More graceful than its expressive predecessor, the Eikendal Semillon 2008 has a sunrise golden glow whilst beeswax and notes of grapefruit dominate softer caramel and toffee kisses on the nose.
The wine spent six months on the lees, displaying perfect synergy between tropical freshness and maturation. Earthy minerality is a key taste element of this powerful yet lively structured wine with its lemon-honey viscosity, lashed with creamy richness, imparting an impressive mouth feel that lingers to a clean, peachy finish.
The Eikendal Semillon 2008 should be drunk young to best enjoy its fresh and luscious fruity flavours although this wine has the potential to upstage some heavyweight whites when it comes to longevity. Try this golden delight with aromatic chicken and pork dishes or with your favourite Thai cuisine. The wine also pairs well with salads and seafood and is a divine match with creamy pasta sauces.
Eikendal Semillon 2008 retails from R66 per bottle and is available at leading wine outlets countrywide or directly from the Eikendal cellar, situated on the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch.
For more information or to order your Eikendal Semillon 2008 contact Tel: ,(+… or send an email to orders@eikendal.co.za.

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