The nose is full of pithy citrus and hints of crunchy green fruits with exotic notes of unripe tangerines and naartjies. The palate remains steely and crisp, bright and super taut with tart green apple, white peach and complexing layers of dried herbs and crushed granite minerality. Piercing and super focused, this is a very serious fine wine expression of majestic old vine Semillon bottled exclusively in magnums. Drink now and over the next 10-15+ years. 95+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Producer Information: Naude Wines
Ian Naude's winemaking career was a matter of happenstance. His father's dairy farm included some vineyards, and to put them to use he began as an apprentice winemaker. It was not long before he consecrated his career to winemaking, managing, despite South Africa's stigma of apartheid, to secure positions throughout the world's viticultural areas. For a decade, he worked harvests in France, Germany, Italy, Israel and the United States, including a few years in Sonoma with Robert Young and in the Columbia Valley with Hogue Cellars. Taking advantage of opposing seasons, he returned periodically to work harvests in South Africa.
After many years hard graft at other wineries, Ian finally branched out fulltime with his own Naude Family Wines venture. A quiet and modest genius, Ian is regarded as one of the finest winemakers in South Africa and recent awards confirm this. 2020 was Ian’s most successful year to date winning his first 5 Star Platter Wine Award and also saw two Naude whites ranked in the Decanter Top 100 Wines of the Year. Master of the white blend and champion of Old Vines in South Africa, Ian is finally receiving the global recognition and rave reviews he so deserves.