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Radford Dale Nudity Syrah 2012

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Letting it all hang out.
Letting it all hang out.

More evidence that “natural wine” is gaining traction in South Africa comes in the form of the no-added-sulphur Radford Dale Nudity Syrah 2012 exclusive to retail chain Woolworths at R179.95 a bottle.

Grapes come from a Voor-Paardeberg vineyard certified organic since 2008 and after a light crushing, underwent spontaneous fermentation in a large open-top fermenter before being matured in third- and fourth-fill barrels for 12 months.

I imagine Woolworths hopes to target those consumers who have sulphur intolerances (real or imagined) with this wine but it is more remarkable as an example of what natural winemaking brings about.

The nose shows a fragrant top note (lavender and sage) as well as red berries. It’s medium bodied with pure fruit, acidity so fresh as to be bordering on sour and the just stalky enough tannins, providing a pleasant prickly sensation on the tongue. As is often the case with no added sulphur wines, there’s also a vague earthiness or nuttiness in the background. Super-geeky and while I liked it, I’m not sure the uninitiated will get it.

Score: 89/100.

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