TERROIR SELECTION

Radford Dale Renaissance Chenin Blanc NV
RENAISSANCE CHENIN BLANC
Stellenbosch
Often shunned and disrespected by winemakers and consumers alike, there is, in certain worthy quarters, an ascending realisation of the  tremendous potential of this grape, Chenin Blanc – South Africa’s most noble grape. As devotees of true character and finesse often swim  upstream against the populous  tide, a fresh generation of Chenin producers is bringing to the surface some of the most interesting, bright, mineral and idiosyncratic wines of the Cape.
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Vintage 2017

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol            12.5% vol.

Total acidity     6.6g/l

pH                    3.48

Residual sugar  2.2g/l

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REVELATION CHENIN BLANC
Walker Bay
 
By understanding this vineyard, rather than manipulating the wine, we have been able to create a wine that reflects its site through freshness, elegance, crispness and purity. The Revelation Chenin Blanc is all about clarity and finesse. It is driven by its citrus fruit spectrum and has a wonderful refreshing acidity. The perfect wine for Summer.
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Vintage 2018

Walker Bay, South Africa

Alcohol            11.5% vol.

Total acidity     6.6g/l

pH                    3.37

Residual sugar  1.7g/l

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CHARDONNAY
Stellenbosch
With strong influence of Alex Dale’s upbringing in Burgundy, the making of this Chardonnay is also adapted to our  particular conditions in  this ocean-facing part of the Cape – our mineral geology  and temperate maritime climate both lending much to the equation.
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Vintage 2017
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol             11.5%vol

Total acidity      7.5g/L

pH                     3.3

Residual Sugar  2.1g/L

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GRAVITY
Stellenbosch

Instead of producing the super ripe and overblown wines that seem to dominate the premium red blend category, our aim with Gravity has always been to craft a complex and seamless blend, of uncommon character, reflecting the fine balance between fruit ripeness and earthy vinosity that we can achieve in this wondrous mountain vineyard. After fermentation the wine is left on skins for about ten days, which gives it more time to complete its leisurely extraction.  The free-run juice is then drawn off and the pomace and skins are left over-night to drip-drain into “Demi-Muids”. These are not mechanical pressings but natural, gravitational pressings, which give rise not only to the name of this wine but to far more integrated and supple tannins in the final wine.

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Vintage 2011

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol            14%vol

Total acidity     5.4g/l

pH                    3.8

Residual sugar  2g/l

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THE ANTIDOTE GAMAY NOIR
Stellenbosch

To Parker-driven wine styles: high alcohols, big tannins, lots of oak, your car breaking down, a bad interview, a shit day at work, the dark powers against you… – everything we playfully call poison, here we introduce The Antidote as our remedy.

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Vintage 2018

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol             12.5%vol

Total acidity      5.0g/L

pH                     3.58

Residual Sugar  1.2g/L

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FRANKENSTEIN PINOTAGE
Stellenbosch

Dr. Abraham Perold was the South African viticulturist and scientist who in 1925 at  Stellenbosch University, germinated the Pinotage varietal by intermingling two species of grapes which,  arguably, should never have been given life together : Pinot Noir & Cinsault. A century earlier, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, created an equally strange creature,  also by stitching together different body parts from mismatched ‘donors’. The Radford Dale  Frankenstein Pinotage is our nod to the work carried-out in his laboratory by South Africa’s first professor of viticulture, Abraham Perold, and a wink to the creature he created.

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Vintage 2016

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol             12.5%vol

Total acidity      6.0g/l

pH                    3.57

Residual sugar  2.5 g/l

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SYRAH
Stellenbosch

Over the space of many vintages  in The Cape, Syrah has proven  itself well suited to the soils  and the climate of our  beloved Helderberg. With our  vines maturing nicely we are  seeing wines of elegance, depth  and restraint, while also allowing  the unique aspects of the  terroir to shine. 

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Vintage 2015

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol            13.5%vol

Total acidity     5.9g/l

pH                    3.58

Residual sugar  2.8g/l

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FREEDOM PINOT NOIR
Elgin

South Africa is free from the strict regulation found in EU and specifically Burgundy, which dictates such aspects as methods of planting, pruning & trellising, levels of yields, residual sugar, acidity, alcohol etc. decreeing even which bottle shape is legal or illegal, and even the fundamental right to plant vines at all. Alex Dale came to South Africa from Burgundy in 1994, weeks after Nelson Mandela was democratically elected President and experienced for the very first time, the total freedom to act as his heart and mind felt would allow the greatest individualism, in this magnificent and untampered-with vinescape. Freedom to challenge ourselves against nature rather than regulation and Freedom to be wrong or right, rather than, absurdly, a regulatory outlaw! In the spirit of an exciting, newly-democratic South Africa, this burst of liberty sewed the seed for the creation of Radford Dale’s passionately crafted Freedom Pinot Noir. And as luck would have it, Nelson Mandela had just completed his long walk to freedom and become President that year too…

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Vintage 2017

Elgin, South Africa

Alcohol            13.5%vol

Total acidity      4.8g/l

pH                    3.57

Residual sugar  1.9 g/l

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NUDITY SYRAH
Voor Paardeberg

A first for Radford Dale, this “Zero Sulphite” Syrah represents the culmination of everything we have learnt over many years about natural viticulture and non-interventionist winemaking. By leaving every process in the capable hands of Mother Nature, we produce a wine which reflects every aspect of its origin, the variety and the vintage, in as clear a manner as is possible. Free of any additions or treatments, it is undressed and totally natural. The result is a wonderfully expressive, complex and elegant wine. The nose beams dark red fruits, complex spice and fynbos aromas. Layers of red and black fruit, over a strong graphite note and super supple tannins make for a fantastically engaging palate. The wine leaves one with a clean, fresh and wholesome impression. Could this be the naked truth…?

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Vintage 2016

Voor Paardeberg, South Africa

Alcohol             11.5%vol

Total acidity      6.1g/l

pH                    3.53

Residual sugar  2.3g/l

Free Sulphur    1 mg/l

Total Sulphur   3mg/l

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BLACK ROCK
Swartland

We have been working with these old bush vine vineyards in Swartland since 2003. The Swartland bears its name from Jan Van Riebeek who called this area of undulating landscape between the mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the Black Land) because of the local Renosterbos plant found there. When the rain falls, the land appears to be black from a distance.

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Vintage 2016

Swartland, South Africa

Alcohol             13%vol

Total acidity      5.3g/l

pH                     3.63

Residual sugar   2.6g/l

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