Greg Sherwood MW 96 points; 5 Stars Platter Platter 95 points. Stellenbosch & Elgin grapes, fermented & 11 months in clay pots (5% 3 months in oak), adding focus & precision to 2019. Peach, earth & stony, mineral element, also found on 2018 (4.5 stars, 91 pts), in subtle but lively & elegantly fruit-rich whole. Delicious & ageworthy. Platter Guide 2021. Wines are registered with the South African Vegan Society. A world class Chenin, intense and complex. Naturally fermented in clay amphora and described by Catherine herself as 'peaches on a wet stone' it should develop beautifully with age. The wine offers layers of ripe yellow fruit,...
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.
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
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