Skaliekop comes from a small outcrop of shale and is entirely made with bush vine fruit. Herbal, intense and very focused, with what David Sadie calls “lateral tension”, understated depth and concentration, notes of fresh dough, beeswax, lanolin and lemon zest and a stony, chiselled finish. Drink 2023-30
Tim Atkin MW: 96 points
David & Nadia is a family owned Swartland driven project and we focus on a spectrum of organic, old and dry land bush vine vineyards from different areas with different soil types throughout the Swartland, farmed by like-minded people. We are members of the Swartland Independent Producers. In the vineyard we aim for biological farming and in the cellar we work as natural as possible. It is all about the soil and vineyards after all. We believe in a pure, fresh and natural style where site and soil are at work with minimal influence from a winemaking point of view.
These vines were planted in 1985 in very shallow shale soils in the Paardeberg, being an anomaly as the mountain is granite driven. These soils prove why our region is known for wheat farms as it remains a difficult soil for vineyards in a warm region, dryland farm context. A small tractor road divides the Plat’bos and Skaliekop vineyards. Skaliekop is harvested at the end of January, early February over four picking dates. The wines of the different pickings were aged seperately, before blending and then bottling at the end of the year. This is the first vintage qualifying for the Certified Heritage Vineyards (CHV) seal and forms part of the Old Vine Project.
Total production: 2 346 bottles
pH: 3.23 RS: 2.7 g/L Alcohol: 12.5% TA: 5.7 g/L Yield: 5.2 t/ha TSO2: 108 mg/L