As Christian Eedes says, ‘it’s hard to imagine how much more you’d want’ from a wine of this price.
David and Nadia Sadie head up their Swartland-driven project with passion while focusing on a range of organic, old-vine, dry land bush vine vineyards. They aim to produce fresh, natural wines with minimumal intervention. They also bring us the best value offering of the year so far – the David & Nadia Topography Chenin Blanc 2017. It offers everything you look for in a Swartland Chenin. It’s saline, broad-fruited and has great texture and length. It’s stupendous value at this price!
Produced from various Swartland parcels, the grapes are whole bunch pressed followed by spontaneous fermentation. Raised in a mix of foudre, old French oak barrels (300 and 500L) and stainless steel. This wine is a celebration of the verve and evolution of older and younger vineyards.
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David & Nadia, Topography Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 95
‘Topography’ is a new label from Swartland winemaking team David and Nadia Sadie intended to ‘absorb’ grapes either from old vineyards in danger of being uprooted and lost forever or from young vineyards that otherwise wouldn’t have been planted. The intention is to put wines on the market at under R100 a bottle ensuring a modicum of viability for the growers involved but not distracting too much from their premium offerings. ‘We have limited cellar space and time to save the Swartland, but we do our outmost best in our small little way, growing as fast and ambitiously possible,’ says David.
The first release is a Chenin Blanc 2017, incorporating, in part, grapes from a vineyard near Riebeek Kasteel originally planted by Nadia’s great grandfather in 1962 – it was farmed for mass production until recently and will take a while until it is in the state that the Sadies would like it to be but they’ve committed to using it for a wine in their portfolio rather than seeing it end up in bulk.
Winemaking involves eight months maturation in barrel and foudre plus 10% in stainless tank – pretty much the same as for the rest of their wines, just a touch shorter on the lees. The nose is quite shy although subtle notes of naartjie, white peach, yellow earth and dried herbs can be detected. The palate has a real vinosity about it – creamy in texture with moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. – Christian Eedes, 90/100