“This certainly is next level seductive Cinsault quality from the old vine master himself – 96 points, Greg Sherwood MW”
Last year Ian Naudé broke every rule there is when he produced an Old Vine, premium expression of Colombard (a grape usually used for diluting cheap Sauvignon Blanc or making brandy with) from Vredendal – four hours north of Stellenbosch. The location of the vineyard and the varietal’s long his tory in South Africa inspired its name, Langpad, meaning long road in Afrikaans.
The wine was a hit with our customers and soon sold out but it received critical acclaim as well scoring 95+ from Greg Sherwood MW, 17/20 from Jancis Robinson and the coveted Five Star award from John Platter.
Now Ian’s been at it again, this time with Cinsault from a vineyard in Darling planted in 1978. The wine is called Werfdans which is Afrikaans for ‘field dance’ and pays homage to the dust devils that swirl around the vineyard.
We tried it with Ian in January this year and it blew us away, never has there been a Cinsault with this much old world swagger, Cinsault is often described as the “poor man’s Pinot Noir” but this is bestowed with a wealth fo class it could easily be mistaken for one of the finest Grand Crus of Burgundy.
Greg Sherwood MW rated it just as highly, awarding 96 points and declaring “Ian Naudé has shifted into sixth gear, coaxing some of the most seductive textures and flavours out of his old vine fruit.”
The wine has just arrived and Langpad landed with it, you know what to do… Naudé, Werfdans Cinsault, Darling, 2016 – 96 points