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David and Nadia, Grenache Swartland 2018
David & Nadia
Grenache has become David & Nadia’s calling card over the past few years. The 2018 does not disappoint, bringing in gentle, sweet and beautifully delineated red fruit with the gentlest of extractions. The tannins are present but refined, with a dry-stone, granitic quality and fresh acidity that makes it very easy to drink – refreshing ! Dry farmed and fermented with 60% whole bunches and just one punch down a day before aging in 500L neutral French oak for a year.
David & Nadia, Grenache 2018 – One Paardeberg vineyard planted in the early 2000s provides the majority of fruit although similarly aged, organically farmed vineyards north of Malmesbury are also used. 60% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 12 months in old 500-litre barrels.
David & Nadia Sadie are a young husband and wife team whose thoughtful, sensitive approach to viticulture and winemaking has set them out as one of the Swartland’s shining stars. Their quest to nurture and restore low yielding old vineyards is an effort to breathe new life into the region’s enviable stock of old vines and shine a light on the qualities of the beautiful Swartland at large. More than that though, they are also establishing new vineyards, which they have planted to Grenache - their flagship variety along with Chenin Blanc. Once in the winery, the grapes see a cool soak before spontaneous fermentation and aging in a combination of concrete and neutral French oak. Extractions are gentle and aim for light, lifted fruit, freshness and perfume. The core range comprises four wines: Aristargos, a beautiful Cape White Blend, Elpidios, a Grenache-based Mediterranean blend, and two single varietals – Chenin Blanc and Grenache. At their heart, the core wines are based on vineyards grown in the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg, bringing freshness and minerality, blended with schist, iron, and clay based sites, which builds complexity. At the top of the quality pyramid are three single vineyard Chenin Blancs: Hoe-Steen, Skaliekop and Plat’Bos, each a faithful reflection of a different underlying soil type (iron-rich clay, shale, and decomposed granite, respectively). From humble beginnings, David & Nadia are now recognised as one of the Cape’s very top producers.