New in stock: David & Nadia
Husband and wife team David (viticulture and oenology) and Nadia (soil science and viticulture) have just released their latest vintages, and they say, “Wine is all about natural balance, purity and freshness. We believe that these qualities can only be rightfully expressed when the soil and vineyards are respected. Our focus is on different soil types, different mountain terrain and mainly bush vines. In the cellar, we have a minimal intervention approach and only add a little sulphur. It’s about the soil and vineyards after all.” Tasting notes by Christian Eedes (WineMag).
Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2020: The vineyard was planted in 1968 west of Malmesbury towards Darling, in deep iron and clay rich soils, south facing and hence late ripening – it tends to be the richest of the trio. The nose of the 2020 shows overtones of flowers and herbs before citrus, peach and some flinty reduction. The palate is dense but not weighty with fresh acidity and a pithy finish. Alc: 13%. CE’s rating: 95/100.
Skaliekop Chenin Blanc 2020: The vineyard was planted in 1985 in shallow shale soils on the Paardeberg, unusual in that the mountain predominantly consists of granite. The 2020 has an ephemeral quality about it – elusive notes of lime, fynbos and herbs on the nose while the palate is light-bodied with great energy and a super-dry finish. Lean, delicate and thrilling to drink. CE’s rating: 96/100.
Plat’bos Chenin Blanc 2020: This vineyard, on decomposed granite, is adjacent to Skaliekop but is slightly older having been in planted in 1981. Bewitching aromatics of flowers and herbs before pear, peach and citrus while the palate shows great focus and tension, electric acidity playing off against perfectly delineated fruit, the finish long and dry. CE’s rating: 98/100.
David & Nadia Aristargos 2020: 49% Chenin Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 9% Semillon, 8% Marsanne, 7% Clairette Blanche, 6% Viognier, 5% Verdelho, 4% Grenache Blanc and, for the first time, 2% Colombard – nine varieties drawn from 17 different vineyards and involving 23 pickings. The nose shows a hint of reduction before stone fruit, dried herbs, a little waxy character, earth and spice while the palate has great depth and texture for a wine with an alcohol of just 12.5%. Layers of flavour, nicely integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish. CE’s rating: 95/100.
David & Nadia Chenin Blanc 2020: This wine, incorporating grapes from seven separate vineyards on various soils with planting dates ranging from 1968 to 1985, just gets more and more refined. The nose shows pear, peach and citrus to go with potpourri and a touch of flinty reduction. The palate, meanwhile, is pure and concentrated with lively acidity and a saline finish. Each component part combining seamlessly, the end-result is a wine of particular poise and luminosity. CE’s rating: 96/100.
David & Nadia Grenache Noir 2020: Now incorporating four vineyards, the core still from the Paardeberg. 60% whole-bunch fermentation while maturation lasted 12 months, half in concrete and half in older 500-litre barrels. Charming aromatics of red cherry, plums, musk, fynbos, white pepper and a little undergrowth. The palate is not quite as light and fleeting as previous vintages and that much the better for it – good depth of fruit, snappy acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. CE’s rating: 94/100.
David & Nadia Elpidios 2019: 38% Grenache Noir, 36% Syrah, 10% Pinotage, 9% Carignan and 7% Cinsaut – an unusual blend with unusual aromatics and flavours. An exotic mélange of red and black berries, earth, olive, incense and even a touch of mint on the nose while the palate is rich and full with moderate acidity and smooth tannins. Loads of flavour, the finish super-savoury. CE’s rating: 92/100.
Tasting the Weskus!Friday | Saturday | Sunday Weekend tasting:
Teubes Family Wines is a small family-owned organic estate and organic grape supplier on the Olifants River, near Vredendal. This 3-generation winemaking team has a few ranges, so join us this week when we taste their premium Teubes Sauvignon Blanc and also the Malkopbaai Sauvignon Blanc which is made for every day enjoyment!