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David & Nadia - Elpidios 2015

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Swartland
  • Wine Maker: David & Nadia Sadie
  • Grape: Proprietary Red Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 39% Carignan,31% Syrah,16% Pinotage,9% Cinsaut, 5% Grenache
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2014) JR: 17.5 (2015) VS: 92 (2014) TA: 94 (2015) GS: 93 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A Carignan dominated blend with Grenache, Syrah and Pinotage.completing the mix. Crisp and clean with great freshness, no excess weight or power, beautifully finessed but with a firm line that entices the taster in. Violet, black raspberry, blackberries and redcurrants lead the way with a herbal and white pepper streak to the finish. Sweetly scented yet with great substance. 2015 is one of the best vintages the Swartland has seen in the last twenty years.

Winery Information

David & Nadia

David & Nadia Sadie, an enviably successful young husband and wife team, are one of the top wine producers in the Swartland, and regarded amongst the most exciting in South Africa. Both are qualified in viticulture and oenology; David a Swartland native and Nadia a bright and dynamic Australian. Jointly establishing the winery in 2010 with a clear long-term ambition, the David & Nadia project became a full-time reality when David finally downed tools at his former job in 2013. Nadia joined.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)93 pts

The 2014 Elpidios (which is now under the David & Nadia label) is a blend of 30% Syrah, 28% Carignan, 17% Cinsault, 14% Grenache and 11% Pinotage from seven vineyards of shale, schist, granite and iron-rich soils. Matured for 20 months in old 500-liter barrels, it has a composed bouquet with raspberry, cranberry leaf and light lavender scents. It is very floral. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, an open-knit and generous blend that expresses harmony and refinement on the finish, a saline tang lingering on the aftertaste. This is a strong follow-up to the outstanding 2013 Elpidios and it should age well over the next 12-15 years.

JancisRobinson.com (2015)17.5 pts

Grapes from seven different Swartland vineyards are used, focusing on schist and granite soils of the mountains of the Paardeberg, Swartland. 39% Carignan, 31% Syrah, 16% Pinotage, 9% Cinsaut, 5% Grenache. 30%–50% whole bunches are sorted and then used in the bottom of an open tank. The rest of the grapes are all sorted, destemmed but not crushed and added to the tank on top of the whole bunches. Maximum healthy pre-ferment cold soak with a daily punch down and CO2 gas coverage. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in the tank. Maximum extended skin contact (approximately four weeks in total). Grapes are gently pressed and drained to old French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. Wines are matured in barrel for seventeen months. Total production 7,896 bottles, pH 3.56, RS 2.6 g/l, TA 5.9 g/l, yield 4–5 t/ha, TSO2: 93 mg/l. Red fruit and warm spices and pencil-sketched tannins. Yet savoury. So complete and with gentle tension. Elegant and long and drawing like a cashmere scarf across the mouth. Beautifully drinkable. (TC)

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2014)92 pts

Bright medium red. Deep perfume of red raspberry, spices, flowers and white pepper communicates a strong whole-cluster character. Thicker and more extract-rich than the 2015 Grenache, with lovely spicy lift to the flavors of raspberry, wild herbs and minerals. No shortage of spine here, but the wine's savory quality will give it early appeal. Finishes with suave tannins. Another excellent example of Swartland fruit at moderate alcohol

Tim Atkin (2015)94 pts

Dominated by Carignan this time around (a first, as far as I’m aware), this blend with Syrah, Pinotage, Cinsaut and Grenache all comes from the Paardebosch farm. Seven vineyards on a range of soils supply grapes for this wild, savoury, complex, red fruited cuvée with underlying grip. 2018-25

Greg Sherwood MW (2015)93 pts

Carignan / Syrah / Cinsaut / Grenache / 10% Pinotage (24+ year old bush vines on granite). Very spicy, perfumed savoury black berry fruited nose. There is a real mineral dusty granitic Swartland authenticity here. Lifted and fragrant, the palate is packed with black berry, black plum, and spicy peppery black olive tapenade complexity. Again, lovely balance and harmony with impressive textural breadth and depth but also a fairly tight, linear finish. This wine, out of all David’s reds, always benefits from several years ageing before starting to show it’s true potential.

Vinification Notes

30 – 50% whole bunches are sorted and then used in the bottom of an open tank. The rest of the grapes are all sorted, destemmed but not crushed and added to the tank on top of the whole bunches. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in the tank and we allow maximum extended skin contact (approximately 4 weeks in total). Grapes are gently pressed and drained to old French oak barrels (300 L and 2300 L) for malolactic fermentation. Bottled after 12 months in barrel and matured for 18 months in bottle.