Naude Old Vines Cinsault 2014
From a 55-year-old vineyard in Darling. Two-thirds whole-bunch fermented, matured for six months in second-fill barrels. An extraordinarily pretty wine – the nose shows red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, wild flowers and herbs. Lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and fine tannins – it possesses plenty of detail and real poise. The finish is long with a slight briny quality. Neither flimsy nor over-extracted. One of best new-wave examples yet.
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Winemaker Ian Naudé has been instrumental in establishing brands such as Linton Park and Dornier, and in the process, earned himself a reputation as one of SA's leading blending specialists. Through blending, the winemaker has an opportunity to combine the quality of the soil and grape, with his wine making skill, to create a uniquely styled wine. The focus is on combining the best qualities of New World wines, with the classic elegance and complexity of Old World wines. South Africa is blessed with such diverse climates and soil types across its winegrowing regions that it presents a blending specialist, such as Ian, with the opportunity to acquire the best grapes, from the best winegrowing areas across the country, to create his wines from. Each selection of varietal (cultivar) is harvested and vinified individually, providing Ian with a multitude of different styles and flavours to craft each wine according to its unique style. Using this method of blending results in a consistent style, although the components and the percentage of each, may vary from vintage to vintage. The philosophy, therefore, is to use the style as starting point, and then, to take what each vintage offers, to create the wine. This philosophy is applied to blending single varietal (cultivars) from different regions, as well as blending different varietals (cultivars) from different regions. What differentiates Ian's blends is that they are first and foremost, blends of different terrior.