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David & Nadia, Chenin Blanc 2019 (1x75cl)
Country: South Africa
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: SACR0035B19S
Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2021 edition expert's choice of South African old-vine Chenin Blanc (see blue link below for the review).
David & Nadia, Chenin Blanc 2019 - June 2021 Decanter review
David and Nadia Sadie met at the University of Stellenbosch when he shifted his focus to viticulture after a rugby injury sidelined him from his first love. David went on to work vintages around the world, from Marlborough to St. Emilion, before finally landing back in South Africa. He eventually took over the cellar in the Swartland where Andrea and Chris Mullineux used to make wine prior to their purchase of Roundstone Farm and restored it in 2014. His wife Nadia joined him in 2016 and it’s been a family affair ever since. Nadia oversees viticulture for their project and manages the vineyards that they lease. She employs biological farming, which is to say she avoids the use of any herbicides, plants cover crops and she’s begun experimenting with a conversion to organics. Together, David & Nadia make high acid, textured wines that have cemented them as one of the most highly regarded wineries in the Swartland.
David & Nadia Chenin Blanc comes from vines lying on a small hill that is rich in shale. These are strains planted in 1985. The harvest takes place early to avoid over-ripening through the high temperatures in the area.
In the winery, the David & Nadia Chenin Blanc grapes are pressed whole and a minimum amount of sulphur is added while they settle cold. Then the must is transferred to stainless steel tanks to begin spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. Finally, the wine ages in 300-litre French oak barrels.
See blue link below for a fiche technique / technical note from the winemakers themselves.
David & Nadia, Chenin Blanc 2019 - fiche technique
100% Chenin Blanc.
This Chenin Blanc offers aromas of pears and stewed apples on the bouquet. Concentrated flavours enhanced by light oak give a really satisfying weight and length on the finish.