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Naudé, Grenache, Western Cape, South Africa, 2014
Arguably Ian’s most famous wine having defeated the wines from the mighty Chateau Rayas in a blind tasting hosted by Greg Sherwood at what affectionately became known as the Judgement of Chiswick and the subject of an article penned by Sherwood dubbed Creating a Future Icon Wine. Greg’s note from the tasting is below:
Naude Grenache 2014, Swartland, 14 Abv.
The wines colour seems to have gained a little extra depth of colour in the past year showing a crystalline red plum and red cherry glow. The nose is spectacular with a most complex and evocative perfume of violets, lavender, cherry blossom, polished oak, frais des boisses, cured meats, marzipan, red plums and red cherry confit. Just so much going on and so much depth and earthy complexity. The palate shows a fine sleek medium bodied texture, impressive tension and delicious expressive wild strawberry, bramble berries, cut hedge row, Chinese five spice and subtle sappy peppery spice on the finish. Such lovely cool freshness, intensity, focus and polish, without being at all heavy at 14 Abv. A wonderfully classic Grenache with subtle mineral balance and real personality. This wine is a towering achievement in the unfolding history of South African Grenache. Drink now and over the next 20+ years.
(Wine Safari Score: 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
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