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Naudé White Blend 2010

A 10 years old baby in a bottle.
  • $60.00

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Primary Notes: Lemon / Lime Chalk

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium -

Dryness: Dry

Acidity: High

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Western Cape, South Africa

Maker: Naudé Wines

Grape: Chenin Blanc Blend

Fermentation: Steel Only

Awards: >90 pts

Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed at 11 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Tempura, sio ba

Western Food Pairing: Carbonara, quiche

Description

Naudé White Blend 2010

This beautiful Naudé White Blend shows tropical fruit intensity from Chenin Blanc and ends in a lingering citrus finish, contributed by the Sauvignon Blanc, while the Semillon provides structure to complete the blend. Already in the bottle for over 10 years, this wine still shows remarkable freshness and acidity, and will still be in great shape up to 2030.

After the incredible harvest that was in 2009, the 2010 vintage was a different animal altogether. The conditions from Spring until harvest were unseasonal and unexpected, making life very difficult. Strong winds added to this, and with uneven ripeness a concern, it wasn’t easy to work out the ideal picking date. Having said that, with yields down and by paying careful attention at harvest, we were able to turn a difficult year into a decent one.
39% Chenin Blanc , 31% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
The White Blend was made to be a true South African style, unlike any other worldwide. The winemakers felt that been forced to copy wine styles from other countries for so long, so this is something entirely different; a unique blend of terroirs rather than just a blend of varietals. The blend will always stay the same; it will always be Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The 2010 vintage was less expressive than 2009, and, therefore, the three components were used in more equal parts than in any of the previous vintages. The wine shows tropical fruit intensity from Chenin Blanc and ends in a lingering citrus finish, contributed by the Sauvignon Blanc, while the Semillon provides structure to complete the blend.
Ripening and picking differ year on year. Each vineyard was fermented individually, then leave it on the lees as long as possible. Part of the Chenin Blanc and Semillon gets fermented in French Oak Barrels to give it depth through the middle palate. No additional chemicals (apart from sulphur at bottling) are added, trying to keep them as natural as possible to allow them to age. All the wines are left one lees for as long as possible because this is where the personality of the vineyard shows. After a couple of months, the blending starts. Any name of the vineyard or cultivar that can influence the winemaker was removed, and the vintage was taken into consideration when blending. That is why the percentages of the cultivars change from vintage to vintage. The wine is made to show the diversity of cultivars and terroirs in one bottle that only the Western Cape can produce.
Due to minimal interference and no additions (apart from minimal sulphites upon bottling). Now over 10 years in bottle, it is currently drinking beautifully, but it still a baby. There is remarkable freshness and acidity, along with the sort of body that makes this a friend of so many different dishes. The wine will continue to develop.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES


 - 93 Points
 - 3.5 Stars