Radford Dale, Nudity, Syrah, 2014, Voor Paardeberg, South Africa, No Added Sulphites
The Wine Society - £18.00
Tasting date - 31/12/2018
Appearance - Medium ruby
Nose intensity - Medium plus
Primary aroma - Redcurrant, cranberry, plum, blackberry, bramble, sour cherry, violet and a hint of black pepper
Secondary aroma - Light hints of clove and toast
Tertiary aroma - None
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - Medium plus ( however the acid may ‘feel’ higher due to winemaking techniques )
Tannin and nature - Medium ripe and soft
Alcohol - Medium
Body - Medium
Intensity - Medium plus
Primary flavours - Redcurrant, cranberry, plum, blackberry, bramble, sour cherry, pickled beetroot, violet and a hint of black pepper
Secondary flavours - Light hints of clove and toast
Tertiary flavours - None
Finish - Long
Quality - Very Good
Blind Tasting Logic
An incredibly interesting wine to taste and logic for quality will require more thought than other wines in the line-up.
The winemaking techniques aim to preserve freshness and purity and have created a Syrah unlike any I have tried from South Africa, with that in mind this would not be a suitable candidate for an examination wine, there simply are not enough generally accepted Syrah characteristics in this wine to get you to a variety, let alone an origin; Medium colour, 12% alcohol and some red fruit character would be too confusing for a student. This wine is more likely to appear in an MW exam with a focus how the grape growing and winemaking techniques created this sort of wine.
The wine’s quality lies in its purity which I believe is the winemakers intention, fresh and lightly extracted with a focus on delicate floral notes, the oak is minimal this is the sort of wine to enjoy if you enjoy red’s from Austria, Alto Adige, Savoie or Beaujolais. The length is long but there needs to be more power on the palate and a view that it will age for much longer to develop tertiary notes in order for it to be considered outstanding. A tough one but taste it like you are drinking a Pinot Noir and it will make more sense!