2022 Eikendal Janina Unwooded Chardonnay

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2022 Eikendal Janina Unwooded Chardonnay


 A fantastic wine that completely over-delivers at this price point. The 2019 vintage was Tim Aitken's 'Best Value Wine' in his 2020 SA Wines Report.

Tasting Notes 

The Janina exudes rich honey flavours with notes of sweet apple, orange peel and lemon zest. A floral richness surprises on the palate which is carried through mid-palate with a delightful, fresh finish.

Eikendal Janina Unwood Chardonnay


The south-facing vineyards are planted in decomposed granite and Tafelberg sandstone on the lower, western slopes of the Helderberg, approximately 170m above sea level. With a maritime microclimate, the winters are wet and cold, and in summer the heat is tempered by a cool and fresh breeze from the Atlantic Ocean in False Bay. These are perfect conditions to produce premium Chardonnay.

The Janina is an elegant blend of 80% Eikendal grapes and the remainder of the grapes are sourced from the Elgin Valley. Four different blocks, three different clones and from two different regions – a truly unique approach.   


The grapes were handpicked in bins before being gently whole-bunch pressed. No commercial yeast was added and spontaneous fermentation occurred at 15ºC-18ºC. A long, slow fermentation of 4-6 weeks in 900ℓ plastic egg-shaped fermenters, as well as stainless steel tanks followed. The wine was then aged on the lees for six months before being blended and bottled.


  • 2023 Platter's 4 Stars
  • 2022 Tim Atkin SA Special Report - 90 points
  • Gold – Gilbert & Gaillard Int. Challenge 2022 
  • 2020 John Platters Guide 4.5 Stars
  • 2019 vintage was rated ‘Best Value White’ in Tim Atkin’s 2020 Report.

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"Classy, elegant, cool climate (for SA) Chardonnay. Forward fruit flavours, fresh & satisfying - with no mineral/saline characters - this is all about full flavour, unoaked, cool climate Chardonnay with some good body, great complexity & length.

At sub £15 it knocks spots off any white burgundy that approaches this style. Some cool climate Oz whites might get close but this is outstanding value. The lack of oak influence lets some butterscotch notes of the Chardonnay fruit dance across your palate." Tasted 4 Jan 2024


Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Up to three years
Food Matching Pair with Caesar Salad, Cheese Soufflé & Seared Salmon Teriyaki. Serve between 12-14C.
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Stellenbosch
Appellation WO Western Cape