WINERY NOTE: Procured from old Swartland dry land bushvines, this Chenin Blanc is characterized by a complex and intense concentration of flavours due to its low yielding vines. Layered expressions of citrus and tropical fruit surrender to subtle notes of honey and almonds. Matured for 10 months – 60% in 400 litre French oak and 40% in 2500 litre Foudre barrels – this wine is balanced and superbly structured.
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. "Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville and Stellenbosch is combined with 37% Semillon from Franschhoek and Elgin to produce this spicy, toasty, 10% new wood-aged cuvée. Elegance and balance are complemented by flavours of grapefruit and passion fruit, a hint of cream and the extract of a warmer vintage. 2020-26." WINERY NOTE: A modern and intriguing white Bordeaux blend, the Delaire Graff White Reserve illustrates a playful juxtaposition of character. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, matured separately for 5 months in French oak barrel, then blended and kept on primary lees for an additional 8 months, this wine defines...
Gold Medal Veritas 2019. Double Gold Medal Vitis Vinifera 2019. Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc has an explosive tropical nose of ripe peaches, pears and most definitely guava. This wine is well balanced with great structure and a good mid palate with guava flavours following through on the taste and a well-rounded finish. A great value wine that will compliment seafood, salads and light dishes.
Jancis Robinson 17/20. Grapes from twelve different Swartland vineyards are used (the age of the Chenin blanc vineyard vary from 33 to 49 years and the Sémillon was planted in 1960 and 1972), mostly bush vines and dry land farmed. 50% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 10% Sémillon, 8% Clairette Blanche. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and cold settling is allowed for the juice before racking into barrel for spontaneous fermentation (including malolactic fermentation). The Sémillon is kept on the skins for a few days. The wines age in old 300-litre French barrels. Total production 9,065 bottles, pH 3.48, RS 2.6 g/l, TA 5.2 g/l,...
Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Semillom, Clairette Blanche. Wine Advocate 90+. Comprised of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon and Marsanne, the 2017 Aristargos is an interesting wine that grew on me. It seems a bit jumbled on the nose at first, with tropical fruits, stone fruits and waxy citrus. As I tasted it, the expression of the wine came into focus on my palate and then lingered on the finish. Upon the second sip, the wine became more alive and textural across the mid-palate, with waxy melon, pear and peaches rounding out the finish, while subtle oak tones linger on. The wine has a good structure, long...
“Where do David and Nadia Sadie find the time and energy to do the 20 pickings from the 14 vineyards that go into this stunning white blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with Clairette, Semillon, Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne? Early picked for freshness, it’s a seamless, layered blend with aniseed, umami, wild herb and citrus fruit and wonderful focus and poise.” – Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019 95 points.
Tim Atkin MW 98 points. Vinous 93 points. The 2017 Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc comes from tall bush vines and marks the first time that David has worked with the entire vineyard, which is two hectares in size. The fragrant bouquet offers well-defined yellow plum, caramelized pear, peach skin and waxy aromas. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and very harmonious; the Palomino and Muscat impart spiciness and hints of curry leaf toward the very harmonious finish. This is totally seductive.
Only four barrels made. Planted in 1985 on Paardeberg Farm – not part of the Old Vine Project (OVP) – yet. Shale vineyard, as evinced by the name. Shale from Porseleinberg. David explained that the style of this wine is associated with granite, but this is broader with tension. TA 6.5 g/l post MLF. Bone dry and spreads right across the palate. Minerals and lime. Masses of acidity. Real skein of purity. Concentrated by drought. Jancis Robinson 17/20. Tim Atkin MW 98 points. 5 Stars Platter
From seven different vineyards. This year vines are from their oldest Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1962 by Nadia’s great-grandfather. Mainly granite with underlying shale. The northern vineyards are clay and the western vineyards are deep iron-rich red soils. A year in ‘neutral’ 300-litre old oak casks. Masses of acidity and still very tight – lots to chew on. Very long and youthful. Utterly serious and bone dry on the end. Tight and tense. Jancis Robincon 16.5/20. Tim Atkin MW 93 points.
Tim Atkin MW 92 points "To make up for the variety's comparatively low acidity in the Swartland, David and Nadia Sadie used seven days of skin contact on this old-vine Semillon, produced for the first time in 2018. Elegant, bready and showing some tannic structure, it's a promising début from this brilliant couple." - Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 25% Roussanne 24% Chenin Blanc 23% Grenache Blanc 14% Chardonnay 14% Viognier
James Suckling 97 points. "This release is sensational as usual". Napoleon's favourite tipple. 97 Points | James Suckling This is really sensational as always with dried-apricot, dried-pineapple and honey character with salted nuts and hints of white syrup. It’s very sweet, yet energetic and intense. It goes on for so long. And then again. Yet, it remains balanced. A great sweet wine through and through. Drink or hold.
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