David & Nadia Single Vineyard new releases

By , 26 July 2022

There’s nothing “standard” about the standard label wines from David and Nadia Sadie (see here) but their Single Vineyard wines offer some of the most remarkable drinking around being true to site like few others. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Rondevlei Chenin Blanc 2021
NEW. Grapes from a 1984 vineyard on iron-rich gravel situated in one of the more arid parts of the Swartland. 40% matured in concrete egg. A hint of reduction precedes dried herbs, white peach, citrus and melon while the palate has great purity, bright acidity and a pithy finish. Not without weight and texture despite an alcohol of just 12.5%.

CE’s rating: 96/100.

Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2021
Grapes from a 1968 vineyard planted on deep iron-rich clay. Honeysuckle, peach, lemon and some leesy complexity on the nose while the palate shows dense fruit matched by bright acidity before a savoury finish. As ever, this is the broadest of the Single Vineyard releases and absolutely packed with flavour.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

Skaliekop Chenin Blanc 2021
Grapes from a 1985 vineyard on shallow shale. Pretty aromatics of hay, potpourri and dried herbs before lime and white peach. The palate is crystalline in structure – great clarity of fruit and zippy acidity before an extremely long and dry finish. Poised and super-intricate, this is just about pitch perfect.

CE’s rating: 98/100.

Plat’bos Chenin Blanc 2021
Grapes from a 1981 vineyard on granite. The nose shows talcum powder and herbs before lime, green apple and white peach while the palate is narrow and direct. An arresting wine with a great line of acidity and super-dry finish. Alcohol is a mere 11.5%.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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