News from David and Nadia Sadie of David Wines is that they will from now on be based at Paardebosch in the Siebritskloof, making both their wines and those of the property in a completely overhauled cellar.
Recently a tasting of the new David releases:
David Chenin Blanc 2013
From four different vineyards from 25 to 36 years old. Aromas and flavours are delicate and elusive -some white peach and some nutty, earthy notes but nothing overt. Gentle acidity and a salty finish. It will have many fans but I found it a little bit insubstantial – is it possible to make truly great single-variety whites from the Swartland?
David Aristargos 2013
39% Chenin Blanc, 28% Viognier, 17% Roussanne, 17% Clairette Blanche. Enticing bouquet of white peach, earth, dried herbs and flowers. Wonderfully poised with good fruit concentration and lively acidity before a pithy finish. Moves through the mouth really well – the most complete vintage to date.
David Grenache 2013
Red fruit, fynbos, purple flowers and gentle spice. Pure and true with bright acidity and fine, mouthcoating tannins. Not about flavour intensity or complexity but wonderfully lithe and zingy.
David Elpidios 2012
52% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 13% Cinsaut. Red and black fruit, fennel, some earthiness and certain hung meat quality. Quite full with relatively coarse tannins – a bit weird but certainly not short of interest.