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David & Nadia release their 2017s
17 September 2018

We are delighted to offer the new 2017 vintage from Swartland young-guns David & Nadia Sadie. The last few years have seen this talented couple skyrocket from relative obscurity to South African stardom and 2017 marks their finest wines to date. Jancis Robinson, in her latest piece for the Financial Times, extolls how “[David] Sadie is increasingly a force to be reckoned with.” Indeed, these are truly some of the finest wines in South Africa, “enlivened by the tense, grainy freshness that they conjure from their vineyards on granite and shale.” As a fully-fledged member of the Old Vine Project, David & Nadia have sought out particularly old and special Chenin Blanc vineyards and set about rejuvenating them. It is crucial, in their view, to protect Swartland heritage and convey that place most vividly in their wines.

As well as a tensile old-vine Chenin Blanc, which includes a plot that dates back to 1962 and was planted by Nadia’s grandfather, they have a love affair with Mediterranean varietals, particularly Grenache, but also Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault. Their straight Grenache is modelled on Chateau Rayas, and as such it is produced in an ethereal delicate style, while the Carignan-dominated field blend called Elpidios is a black raspberry and bramble scented wine that will eventually include more of their young Grenache plantings. “Their brilliant white blend Aristargos” [JR] is 58% Chenin Blanc, with the balance split between Viognier, Clairette, Semillon, Roussanne and Marsanne. It’s a fine white wine of calm complexity and serious interest. At the top of the range are two single vineyard Chenin Blancs, produced in miniscule quantities - Skaliekop, the younger of the two, is unusually for the Swartland grown on shale soils at higher altitude, while Hoe-Steen is a 2-hectare, fifty year old vineyard that yields world-class Chenin. Tim Atkin MW, in his 2018 South Africa report, gives both wines 98-points, and places David & Nadia as one of his “First Growths” in his latest Cape Classification. In his words, “it’s an amazing achievement to produce two of South Africa’s greatest Chenins, but David Sadie has done it in 2017.”

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