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David & Nadia - Pinotage Siebritskloof 2018

Red Wine from Swartland · South Africa
Price: £21.95
Case Rate: £21.95
Ex Tax: £15.83
Country:
Wine Region: Swartland
Winery: David & Nadia
Wine Maker: David & Nadia Sadie
Grape: Pinotage
Grape Percentage: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2026
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91 to 100 pts  Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Country:
Wine Region: Swartland
Winery: David & Nadia
Wine Maker: David & Nadia Sadie
Grape: Pinotage
Grape Percentage: 100% Pinotage
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2026

Wine tasting notes

An early picked, dry-farmed Pinotage that is changing the hearts and minds of the many Pinotage detractors. From the higher vines of the Paardeberg, cold-soaked and partially destemmed but with the inclusion of whole berries in the fermenters to encourage a semi-carbonic effect, which brings freshness, just one punch down a day and bottled after a year of aging. Forest fruit and dark plums are the main descriptors here, with a herbal earthy edge but also transparency. The tannins are drier than the other wines, a consequence of Pinotage’s thicker skins, but yet this is a bright and juicy wine that is one of the flagship examples in the “new wave” movement.

Expert reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2018) - 91 to 100 pts

The 2018 Pinotage comes from one of the higher-altitude sites, so it is picked earlier than the whites. It includes 100% whole bunch fruit, spends three weeks on the skins and is matured in 4,000-liter foudres; it undergoes just a little carbonic maceration. This bottle showed a bit of reduction on the nose, although that will blow off with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins and nicely judged acidity, and the solid, slightly austere finish indicates that it will need three or four years in bottle. Fine, but not a Pinotage predisposed to appeal to the masses. – Neal Martin


JancisRobinson.com (2018) - 16 to 20 pts

The label emphasises bush vines and Paardeberg. Transparent garnet. A little simpler than I remember the previous vintage, still quite tight. Grainy textured. My least favourite of the wines in this selection but still very well made - Jancis Robinson


Decanter (2018) - 92 to 100 pts

From vines planted in 1991 and 1998 reaching altitudes of 240m, where the soils are pure granite, while lower down the granite is decomposed. The fruit is partially destemmed, and around 20% is whole-bunch fermented, which takes place in a mixture of concrete and vertical foudres. It's a lovely expression of Pinotage, displaying a creamy, sweet and ripe nose of red fruits. In the mouth it has fine-grained tannic grip, framing some lovely fragrant cherry fruit alongside black pepper spice and wood notes. A hint of pomegranate and raspberry appear on the mid-palate and hang around on the finish. An elegant wine - James Button

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