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David & Nadia’s 2018s
09 September 2019

David & Nadia Sadie are rapidly rising to the top of South Africa’s New Wave hierarchy. Following a benchmark set of 2017s, they have now released their 2018s, a range that soars even higher. Despite the drought, the 2018s display a fresh and refined elegance, the Chenins imbued with a deft salty minerality and trembling, fine-boned fruit, while the reds are more ethereal than ever; the combination of attentive viticulture and the gentlest of extractions in the cellar. In fact, this set of new releases is of particular significance as it finally realises the Sadies’ dream to have Grenache as the leading variety in both of their red wines. No surprise perhaps, given that their Rayas-inspired straight Grenache continues to lead the category. Elpidios, held back for an extra year in bottle, is thus now a sibling rather than a cousin of the Grenache. By comparison, it offers more depth thanks to the presence of Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Pinotage, but with a Grenache-driven fragrancy and detail that it’s never had before. The straight Chenin Blanc is for the first time officially certified under the “Old Vine Project” label, coming as it does from traditional bush vines averaging 50 years old, from seven vineyards across the Swartland, all completely dry-farmed. The soils are primarily granitic based with smaller parcels on clay and iron. The 2018 is radiant, clear cut, and the truest expression of suave, complex Swartland Chenin. Aristargos, the white blend, also has Chenin Blanc at its heart, making up just over 50% of the blend, with Clairette Blanche, Semillon, Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne. Over the past few years Aristargos has become one of the Cape’s most admired white blends, bristling with citrus and lemon balm, greengages, salt and white plums. Perfectly balanced with a gentle, creeping acidity and layers of complexity. In David’s words, it is the product of “six varieties, fourteen vineyards, twenty pickings, a variety of soils, one appellation, one vision, one wine.”    Read More

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