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Naudé Old Vines Cinsault 2014

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Ian Naudé
Adoro’s Ian Naudé.

New wines from Ian Naudé of Adoro, the Stellenbosch cellar that has the same owners as Benriach Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Naudé White 2010
Price: R90

39% Chenin Blanc, 31% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. From multiple vineyards across the Western Cape, all the Chenin and approximately 60% of the Semillon fermented and matured for three months in new French oak. A complex nose of lime, lemon, white peach, elder flower and lanolin (“wet wool”). Weightless intensity, still remarkably tight, subtle and detailed.

Winemag rating: 91/100.

Naudé Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2013
Price: R200
From three vineyards, two in Riebeek Kasteel vineyards and one in Stellenbosch, ranging from 35 to 55 years in age. Matured for 12 months in new 300-litre and 500-litre barrels. Pear and white peach, a hint of flinty reduction and dried herbs. Restrained to the point of severe.

Winemag rating: 89/100.

Naudé Old Vines Semillon 2014
Price: R200
From a 25-year-old vineyard in Durbanville. Matured for six months in 100% new oak. Lime, citrus blossom and fynbos on the nose. A dainty wine with very good fruit definition, wonderfully fresh acidity and a pithy finish. Only 11% abv.

Winemag rating: 91/100.

Naudé Old Vines Cinsault 2014
Price: R200
From a 55-year-old vineyard in Darling. Two-thirds whole-bunch fermented, matured for six months in second-fill barrels. An extraordinarily pretty wine – the nose shows red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, wild flowers and herbs. Lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and fine tannins – it possesses plenty of detail and real poise. The finish is long with a slight briny quality. Neither flimsy nor over-extracted. One of best new-wave examples yet.

Winemag rating: 93/100.

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