Radford Dale Vinum is a pairing of two wines which represent South Africa’s most celebrated grape varieties: Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. These characterful, intense wines speak for themselves.
Chenin Blanc has been overlooked and underappreciated for so many years in the Cape. But you know what they say about the ugly duckling…
This variety’s transformation began in the late 1990s, when a handful of like-minded producers started creating high-quality Chenin Blanc, especially on the ocean-facing vineyards of Stellenbosch. We were among those producers, and we made our Vinum Chenin almost entirely from old bush vines – a totally contradictory and unorthodox approach, but a dynamic one we believe in. Chenin is the most versatile of all grapes in the land, with an innate ability to adapt not only to its habitat, but also to all kinds of styles. No wonder it suits a mindboggling variety of cuisines and occasions.
Chenin is still totally underrated, which isn’t just a travesty; it’s a wonderful opportunity. We think this variety is the greatest white grape in the Cape, and sooner or later everyone will catch on.
Alc. 13% vol
Residual Sugar 2.5
Total Acidity 5.3
Full Product Sheet 2018
Full Product sheet 2017
Pinotage is the quinessential South African grape variety. It was created in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first professor of viticulture at Stellenbosch University by crossing Cinsault (known locally as Hermitage) and Pinot Noir to give the portmanteau "Pinotage".
Perold planted the four seeds that he had crossed in his garden where they were then forgotten for several years until they were rescued from a "tidy up" after Perold had moved. The seedlings were replanted and later grafted onto Richter 99 and Richter 57 rootstocks. The healthiest was selected for propagation and named Pinotage. It wasn't until years later, in 1941, that the first Pinotage wine was made and only in 1961 was it truly recognised as a varietal on a wine label.
Since the 1960s the reputation of Pinotage has grown for good and bad! It has often been misunderstood and mistreated, with too much oak, too much sugar and generally too much manipulation.
We believe Pinotage is a gentle soul which benefits from a light touch and careful handling, like its Pinot parentage.