I have never been much of a fan of Pinotage - but this is a brilliant example. Some say this is the best Pinotage in South Africa & I would probably agree with them. David & Nadia tend organic dry-farmed (no irrigation) bush vines in Swartland. This comes from their highest slopes on their Paardebosch farm in Paardeberg. They make their wines as 'naturally' as possible. They harvest extremely early (even before the whites - to avoid the heatwaves) to get extra freshness and retain acidity, followed by a long gentle extraction and maturation for 14 months in old French oak.
David Sadie was born in Swartland and worked at leading Cape estates Waterford and Rustenberg before setting up on this own with Australian wife Nadia, a soil scientist & trained oenologist/viticulturalist like David. They began in 2013 and have very quickly become one of the top wine producers in Swartland.
David & Nadia Siebritskloof Pinotage 2017
Taste: Bright aromas with floral herby notes, raspberry and cherry fruits, savoury saline notes with crunchy fruits, black pepper, crisp acidity with a silky finish. Not a typical Pinotage (many tasting it blind have been confused), but it is a seriously delicious and charming example.
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