Sadie Family Skurfberg 2014 750ml
SKU 779747

Sadie Family Skurfberg 2014

Sadie Family - Olifants River - South Africa

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Rated 95 by Robert Parker
From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg is closed on the nose at first and then gradually unfurls with dried honey, honeysuckle, broom and hazelnut scents, just a touch of yeastiness underneath. It has wonderful delineation and complexity. The palate is extremely well balanced with enthralling poise and race, freshly sliced pear and red apple interlaced with five-spice towards the long finish. This is one of those wines that needs to be cellared for several years and will definitely repay you.
Rated 94 by Decanter
(100% Chenin Blanc planted in around 1945 on mineral-rich sandstone at 680 meters in the Olifantsrivier ('rough mountain') area of Swartland): Full yellow. Bright, inviting aromas of white plum, elderflower and menthol. The palate conveys the freshness of high-altitude fruit, with soil-driven notes of ginger and quinine and a honeyed quality that comes off as weightless. Boasts outstanding intensity and length, finishing with a light dusting of tannins. A compellingly perfumed wine of great delicacy and class, and as much about the site as about the variety. The old bush vines here are planted at a density of just 1,111 plants to the hectare. This terroir resembles that of his Grenache, notes Sadie. (Galloni)

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Winery: Sadie Family

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

One of the most versatile white wine grape varietals in the world is the Chenin Blanc, a green skinned grape most closely associated with the still and sparkling wines of the Loire Valley, but which are cultivated in many countries across the globe and revered for their fine character and unique attributes. One of the key features of the Chenin Blanc grape is the fact that it is able to express the characteristics of the terroir it is grown on, making for highly interesting and complex white wines prized by those looking for something a little different. Their high acidity means they are perfect for producing a wide range of different wine styles, from flavorful still white wines to elegant crémants and sweet, viscous and unusual dessert wines.

Country: South Africa

Perhaps the most famous and well respected of all the wine regions in South Africa is that of Constantia, which holds many of the oldest and most traditional wineries in the country. Here, the temperate climate receives the Atlantic winds which cool the vineyards, and the fertile soil allows the grapes to grow to full ripeness, resulting in highly flavorful wines which are enjoyed around the world. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc varietals make up the most widely exported wines of this region, the rest of the country produces a huge and impressive range of wines, made up from varietals native to many different European countries. From excellent Champagne style sparkling wines, to aromatic fortified examples, fruity reds and refreshing whites, South Africa continues to impress and surprise, with modern techniques and technologies leading the way and producing exceptional results.