David and Nadia, Elpidios 750ml 2017South Africa, Swartland
In the vineyard they aim for biological farming and in the cellar they work as natural as possible. It is all about the soil and vineyards after all. They believe in a pure, fresh and natural style where site and soil are at work with minimal influence from a winemaking point of view.
'2017 is the first vintage of Elpidios that is Grenache based, with support from 69% Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinotage. Reflecting the grape's reputation as the "Pinot Noir of the south", this is wonderfully aromatic, subtle and refined, with sculpted tannins, bright acidity and plum, cherry stone and raspberry fruit. 2020-27.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 96/100
'First vintage of this blend to be Grenache led, the blend consisting of 31% of this variety plus 30% Syrah, 19% Carignan, 10% Cinsault and 10% Pinotage. 50% on average fermented on the stems before maturation lasting 12 months in foudre and old 500-litre barrels. The nose is brooding with notes of dried herbs, olive, liqourice and earth to go with red and black fruit while the palate is relatively lean, fresh and very savoury with firm yet fine tannins.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100
It took almost 10 years before this dream could come true, one that was shaped by the reality of farming in the Swartland, its droughts, our love for a specific red variety and acknowledging historic legwork already done in our country since the 1950’s. This dream we are sharing with you by releasing a first time ever Grenache lead Elpidios from the 2017 vintage. Made in similar fashion than our main Grenache in terms of long, gentle extraction, the use of 50% on average whole bunches, pressed off and matured partially in bigger format vertical foudré and old 500 L neutral French oak barrels.
Matured for a year before bottling and then matured in bottle for 18 months before release. All new Elpidios blends to be released from our cellar in the future will be Grenache lead. Again, based on grapes grown in granite soils from the Paardeberg, blended with structured shale/schists from the east, clay from the north and iron mixed soils from the west.
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | TA: Tim Atkin MW | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WS: Wine Spectator