Wade Bales new releases

By , 17 April 2023



Wade Bales, a wine merchant and négociant for the past 30 years, believes strongly in the power of wine regionality as a marketing tool. After identifying various prime wine-growing areas in the Cape, he set out to make wines that he feels exemplifies them respectively, an intriguing part of the proposition being that he collaborates with multiple winemakers across each area.

Wade Bales Constantia White 2021
Price: R250
67% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillon – grapes from Beau Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen, Constantia Royale, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Steenberg. Pear, peach, lime, black currant and fresh herbs on the nose while the palate has good depth of fruit and punchy acidity before a dry, slightly pithy finish. This is full and flavourful but equally well defined and direct. Alc: 13.52%.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

Wade Bales Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2021
Price: R250
Grapes from Belle Rebelle, Bergsig, Botha Wine Cellar, Jason’s Hill, Olifantsberg, Opstal and Slanghoek. Vinification involved some skin contact, vessels used including concrete egg, amphorae and barrel. A top note of honeysuckle before yellow peach, Golden Delicious apple, a hint of vanilla and spice. The palate is round and generous with moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Alc: 13.55%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Wade Bales Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Price: R490
Grapes from Delaire Graff, Ernie Els, Kanonkop, Le Riche, Nico van der Merwe Wines and Stark-Condé. Matured for 15 months in barrel, 40% new. Red currant, tomato leaf, floral perfume and a hint of oak spice on the nose while the palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Elegant and understated. Alc: 14%.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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    Wade Bales | 26 April 2023

    Hi Andre, you are welcome to contact me at wade@wadebales.co.za if you still want to get your hands on a few bottles of the Constantia White.

    Andre Naude | 17 April 2023

    Christian where can you buy the White blend?

      Christian Eedes | 17 April 2023

      Hi Andre, The White is listed at Port2Port and presumably if you contacted the Wade Bales Wine Club directly, they would be able to help you out even thought the 2020 is currently listed. It bears mentioning that this wine is rapidly emerging as one of the best in category, the 2019 rating 96 and best overall in the Prescient Report 2021 and the 2020 rating 95 in last year’s Report.

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