West Coast,South Africa,
  • Decanter: 90
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17
  • Platter's: 95


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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Ian Naudé chose the name Langpad, which means Long Road in Afrikaans, for his inaugural release of Colmbard because the cultivar was the first white varietal planted in South Africa 350 years ago and also because it is a four and a half hour drive north of Stellenbosch.

The 2020 vintage was his maiden release and heralded with fantastical acclaim, yet the 2021 seems somehow even more complete and has already been rated 95+ by Greg Sherwood. A saline minerality, oyster shell, peach, samphire & lemon curd.

And that’s not all, Langpad was named ‘Wine of the Year’ by John Platter alongside a Five Star score but our favourite accolade must be the 17/20 score from Tamlyn Currin, writing for Jancis Robinson which was accompanied by the below tasting note:

“It has the steely, tightly focused, slice-of-a-knife acidity and structure of a Grosses Gewächs Riesling. It has the power of a particularly fine Austrian Grüner Veltliner. It’s not quite like anything I’ve tasted before. And this is lowly unloved Colombard…!”

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In The Cellar
Picked in small crates, from the truck and straight into whole-bunch pressing. Natural fermentation started after about 3 days. Thereafter wine was kept on the lees for as long as possible, because that is where the “magic” happens as complex flavours and texture develops. Because nature has already done the work, the winemaking process is kept as natural as possible with minimal interference.

In The Vineyard
The 2021 harvest was picked roughly two weeks earlier than the 2020-vintage (which was picked a week later than “normal”) due to sudden a heat wave. Typical days in that area are hot to very hot, with evenings cooling down dramatically. As there is no mountains or hills in that area, a salty air blows in from the ocean - roughly 35km away – during the evening. This creates a fogginess that lingers during the night and when the sun rises the next morning, a Kelpy seaspray gets left behind and eventually gets dried by the hot sun on the vines.
"This second vintage of Naude’s old vine Colombard is something very special. Whether it’s all down to vintage quality or Ian’s swift mastering of this new grape in his repertoire I don’t know. The aromatics are positively explosive with rich intense notes of green apple pastille, crunchy white peaches, pear puree, dried herbs, wet hay and a seductive rich seam of cream soda. On the palate, there seems to be even more concentration and flavour intensity than the impressive maiden 2020 with these happy old vines spinning their spellbinding magic and delivering a wine with layer upon layer of enchanting peachy fruit, seductive hints of ripe guava, pear, quince and an underlying basaltic stony minerality that combines with a pronounced maritime salinity and a bright tart freshness. It is perhaps the almost volcanic feel to the minerality that makes many fans suggest that this wine reminds them of an old vine Assyrtiko wine from the Greek island of Santorini. Cool, crystalline and intense, this pristine white leaves little to the imagination and smothers the senses in pure, crystalline West Coast pleasure." (Wine Safari Score: 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)