Naudé,

Langpad

Colombard,
Western Cape,South Africa,
2022
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  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17
  • Platter's: 95

£32.99

Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

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
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.

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.
A pronounced wet grey slate and petrichor note over hints of peach stone, lime blossom, rock salt and crunchy green pear. The palate is every bit as pleasing with a rich, glycerol mouthfeel packed full of salty white peaches, green apple, sour pear drops and a wet river pebble minerality. The lees ageing in tank has added a fabulous extra textural dimension and depth that plays synergistically to this grape variety’s true characteristics. Simply delicious. Drink this on release and over the next 10 to 12+ years. Wine Safari Score: 95/100 Greg Sherwood MW