Radford Dale Syrah 2017 vs Nudity Syrah 2018

By , 11 June 2020

It’s fascinating tasting the Radford Dale Syrah 2017 next to the Nudity Syrah 2018, given the subtle difference that applies when it comes to winemaking – this is a cellar that applies an ethos of minimal intervention in general but the Nudity famously a “zero sulphite” wine. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Radford Dale Syrah 2017
Price: R310
Grapes from the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. 30% whole-bunch fermentation. The nose shows red and black berries, rose and white pepper while the palate displays a lovely succulence of fruit, fresh acidity and fine, powdery tannins. The finish meanwhile is deeply but still pleasantly savoury. Balanced and nicely nuanced, this is an accomplished offering.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

Radford Dale Nudity Syrah 2018
Price: R415
Grapes from an organically farmed Voor Paardeberg vineyard. With no sulphites added during the winemaking process, this is now submitted as an “alternative red” in terms of classification. A complex nose of black fruit, lavender, liquorice, fresh herbs, earth and spice. The palate is lean with super-high acidity and grippy tannins. Striking in its angularity, this will appeal to the geeks…

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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