David & Nadia Single Vineyard new releases
By Christian Eedes, 31 July 2023
The Single Vineyard wines from David and Nadia Sadie are categorically driven by acidity rather than fruit power with the result that they are less immediate than some of the corresponding wines from other producers.
David Sadie is uncompromising about this. “Ageability of our wines is a core focus. We aim for that wines are tight and austere when young knowing that time in bottle will be beneficial – this is especially relevant in warmer vintages like 2022”, he says. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Rondevlei Chenin Blanc 2022
Grapes from a 1984 vineyard on iron-rich gravel situated in one of the more arid parts of the Swartland. Citrus, hay, some nuttiness and waxy character on the nose. The palate is relatively broad and textured even though alcohol is just 12.5%. With dense fruit and a gently savoury finish, it’s an accomplished wine but that little bit flatter than the maiden 2021.
CE’s rating: 94/100.
Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2022
Grapes from a 1968 vineyard planted on deep iron-rich clay. A hint of reduction before citrus and a herbal note on the nose. The palate shows impressive fruit concentration and snappy acidity. Good focus and balance, layers of flavour, the finish long – a striking wine, the challenges of the vintage well met. Alcohol: 12.5%.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Skaliekop Chenin Blanc 2022
Grapes from a 1985 vineyard on shallow shale. Pear, peach, citrus and potpourri on the nose while the palate has dense fruit and moderate acidity before a pithy finish. Super-detailed, poised, the finish possessing great length. Alcohol: 12.5%.
CE’s rating: 96/100.
Plat’bos Chenin Blanc 2022
Grapes from a 1981 vineyard on granite. Some flinty reduction precedes pear, peach and citrus on the nose while the palate is linear and direct – somewhat neutral in terms of flavour but it has great elegance and energy. Focused and propulsive, very much true to the Sadie philosophy. Alc: 12%.
CE’s rating: 96/100.
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