Elpidios is a blend of Syrah with Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Pinotage (the fourth of these for the first time), all grapes which do well in the heat of the Swartland. Whole bunch spice, early picking, fine tannins and a long, refined finish: this is one of the most elegant Mediterranean Cape reds of all, a wine which almost defies its origins.
Two vineyards contribute grapes to this delicious Grenache. Granite soils from the Paardeberg and clay soils from Malmesbury contribute structure and elegance and David has crafted a wonderful wine. The nose is a beautifully subtle cocktail of strawberry and raspberry while the palate is remarkable for its sheer elegance and pure linear fruit. Raspberry, strawberry, plums, with savoury tannins adding support along with the juicy acidity. 10% Shiraz adds further complexity with red cherry and pomegranate like acidity. Refreshingly low alcohol and hugely drinkable.
Wines like this make you wonder, yet again, why there isn't more Grenache planted in the Cape. Using fruit from three different vineyards and 30% whole bunches, it's floral and perfumed with understated red berry flavours, elegant tannins and a long, pure finish. Very delicate.
A very well crafted blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache reflects the Swartland's affinity with Rhone varieties. Where David's Grenache is immediately appealing, this blend has a brooding meaty complexity to it that will need more time to reveal its locked in secrets. Supremely integrated tannins frame the luscious blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, fynbos and subtle vanilla.
Grapes from three different Swartland Grenache vineyards are used (one an organically farmed vineyard in deep iron rich soils, while the other two vineyards grow in granitic mountain soils in the Paardeberg).
Does anyone make a better Grenache in South Africa than David Sadie? Using grapes from three Swartland sites and fermented with 40% whole bunches, it's sappy, pale, complex and understated, with filigree tannins, summer berry fruit and remarkable precision.