Grenache, Swartland
    David & Nadia

    Grenache, Swartland,

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    David & Nadia, Grenache, Swartland, 2019

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    David & Nadia, Grenache, Swartland, 2019

    The wine that some might argue put David & Nadia on the map in the UK, the 2019 Grenache is a model of calm sophistication. The core of the wine, as always, is a Paardeberg granite based vineyard planted in the early 2000s, blended with a similarly aged organically certified vineyard planted in deep rich clay soils, north of Malmesbury. The ’19 again shows how well Grenache is suited to the hot, dry climate of the Swartland, for although picked on the earlier side and bottled at 13.5% ABV, it loses none of its fragrant, feminine and ethereal presence. Subtly spiced red fruit with fresh strawberries, white pepper, rocks and minerals, its powdery structure and tight linear style make this a very elegant and engaging example of the variety. For the first time, the 2019 Grenache was aged 1/3 in concrete, and spent four weeks on the skins with 60% whole bunches, seeing just one punch down per day. Matured in old 500L neutral French oak barrels and a 2,700L concrete vessel for a year before bottling.

    ABV:
    13.5%
    93/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2019 Grenache is taken from the top drawer. It has a pure, almost Pinot Noir–like bouquet of vivacious morello cherries, white strawberry and just a touch of baking powder. The palate is well balanced with crunchy red cherries on the entry and a lovely bitterness from start to off-dry finish that lends a real edge. But what I really like is the transparency of this Grenache (something you do not always find with this grape variety); it’s as if you can really feel the terroir. A finely crafted Grenache that should age with style.
    Date Reviewed:
    02/2021
    Drinking Window:
    2022 - 2035

    specifications

    country:
    South Africa
    region:
    Swartland
    Appellation:
    Producer:
    David & Nadia
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    David & Nadia

    David & Nadia

    David & Nadia Sadie are a young husband and wife team whose thoughtful, sensitive approach to viticulture and winemaking has set them out as one of the Swartland’s shining stars. Their quest to nurture and restore low yielding old vineyards is an effort to breathe new life into the region’s enviable stock of old vines and shine a light on the qualities of the beautiful Swartland at large. More than that though, they are also establishing new vineyards, which they have planted to Grenache - their flagship variety along with Chenin Blanc. Once in the winery, the grapes see a cool soak before spontaneous fermentation and aging in a combination of concrete and neutral French oak. Extractions are gentle and aim for light, lifted fruit, freshness and perfume. The core range comprises four wines: Aristargos, a beautiful Cape White Blend, Elpidios, a Grenache-based Mediterranean blend, and two single varietals – Chenin Blanc and Grenache. At their heart, the core wines are based on vineyards grown in the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg, bringing freshness and minerality, blended with schist, iron, and clay based sites, which builds complexity. At the top of the quality pyramid are three single vineyard Chenin Blancs: Hoe-Steen, Skaliekop and Plat’Bos, each a faithful reflection of a different underlying soil type (iron-rich clay, shale, and decomposed granite, respectively). From humble beginnings, David & Nadia are now recognised as one of the Cape’s very top producers.

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