David & Nadia’s 2018s

David & Nadia’s 2018s
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.”

Finally, the single vineyard Chenin Blancs, produced and offered in miniscule quantities, have cemented their place in 2018 as some of the very top white wines in South Africa. In our mind, they are the purest, most vivid terroir-driven whites in the country right now – reflecting honestly the Swartland’s beautiful, rugged old vineyards and complex range of soil types. Skaliekop is from a shale dominated site in the Paardeberg, Hoe-Steen from deeper clay and iron soils west of Malmesbury, and Plat’Bos, a new Chenin this year, from pure decomposed granite also in the Paardeberg. For full tasting notes on all of the wines please visit our website.

“This week the new season’s tasting season in London got off to a brilliant start with this year’s New Wave South Africa tasting on Tuesday […] One of the star producers, it was widely agreed, was David & Nadia, a husband and wife (winemaker and viticulturist/soil scientist respectively) team we have long followed and appreciated.” – Jancis Robinson MW

“The idea is not to make the perfect wine but to bottle an honest representation of the soil,” says David Sadie of Swartland label David & Nadia of his Single Vineyard project cuvées, which is amusing because if not perfect, these are quite extraordinary and profound, no less so in 2018 despite the drought that was in full swing.” – Christian Eedes

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