Radford Dale Syrah 2017 vs Nudity Syrah 2018
By Christian Eedes, 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
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
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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