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Chenin Blanc 'Skaliekop', David & Nadia Sadie

Chenin Blanc 'Skaliekop', David & Nadia Sadie

The contrast of this wine is why they love to farm it – shale in the Paardeberg…a shallow, shale rich hill (kop) is not very typical of the granite mountain of the Swartland. Planted in 1985, dry land farmed bush vines. The 2017 vintage is to date the most intense vintage in terms of Skaliekop. Grapes were picked very early due to the drought and heat in the vintage of 2017 and they managed to produce a wine that is low in alcohol with the most amazing acidity profile, ensuring longevity of the vintage. Whole bunch pressed, minimal sulphur during short cold settling for the juice before being racked to barrel for spontaneous fermentation (including malolactic fermentation). The wines ages from vintage to vintage in old 300L French barrels.

Producer:
Vintage:
2017
Country:
South Africa
Region:
Swartland
Appellation:
Swartland
Variety:
Chenin Blanc
Color:
White

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
91
Date:
2018-08-01
Review:
The 2017 Skaliekop Chenin Blanc comes from shale veins on the foothills of Paardeberg Mountain. It has an intense bouquet that is probably a bit Marmite, given such a potent flor-like aroma infusing the stone fruit scents. The palate is very well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, notes of pear and lemongrass, and a little yeastiness toward the nutty, smoky finish. Very fine, but not for everyone.

Tim Atkin

Score:
98

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