Tasting notes: Adoro Wines 26 Feb 2014

Wine & Vintage Tasting Notes Extra notes
Adoro wines, Ian Naude Wine purchased directly, with R 30 delivery charge. Philosophy – about being proudly South African and representing the diversity in South African wine, based on the terroir and the variety. All wines are blends (different terriors) All food driven wines to complement the food. Old world meets new world. Made a principle decision not to have own vineyard but focus on blending a variety of wines that show case the terroir of South Africa.
Adoro White Three Regions 2009

Low: 15

High: 18

Ave: 16.6

R60

Pale, clear straw. Crisp nose with apple, melon, citrus and minerality. Elegant big flavours, balanced acids with apple and lemon and minerality following the nose. Lovely mouthfeel and body. Big middle palate with lots of tropical fruit flavours. No harshness with big freshness. 100% Sauvignon Blanc: 20% Stellenbosch; 34% Darling; 46%Elgin In my opinion, 2009 was the best vintage for Sauvignon Blanc in the last decade. Thiswas capitalised in the use of grapes from three well-known Sauvignon Blanc producing areas. Each contributes to the balance between upfront new world fruit and old world mineral complexity in a unique way. A long ripening season in the Elgin area provides classic mineral flavours to form the basic structure, while the Darling grapes fill out the wine with typical new world flavours of cut grass and green apple. Grapes from Stellenbosch provide beautifully balanced tropical flavours, such as peach, to enhance the structure and complete the wine. Lingering flavours and complexity in structure make this wine a perfect partner for a variety meals and occasions.

Alc: 13.5 RS: 2.0 pH: 3.3 TA: 5.5

Adoro White Three Regions 2010

Low: 15

High: 17

Ave: 16

R60

Similar pale straw, tending a little more yellow. Peach, tropical and warmer nose. Slight petulance or spiciness with a hint of ginger. Big complexity with a slightly bigger acid lingering finish making this a more bracing wine than the previous vintage. 100% Sauvignon Blanc: 62% Stellenbosch 21% Elgin 12% Darling. Warmer vintage.
Naude White 2008

Low: 15

High: 18

Ave: 16.5

R90

Deep gold and clear. Big nose, with lots of citrus fruit. Big wine with lots of acid that integrates well. Fruitines becomes more apparent on middle palate as the wine opens in the glass. Green fig with a hint of spiciness. Nuances of chalkiness, reminisent of Chablis. Honeyed and beautifully complex. Chenin Blanc 55%; Semillon 20%; Sauvignon Blanc 25% The 2008 Naudé blend consists of 6 components, each vinified individually, to enhance the best of a given vintage. Nose – peach, pineapple, and lime. Palate – full bodied ripe fruit which is well integrated with the wood. The fruit components, like peach (Chenin Blanc) and pineapple (Semillon), are the building blocks of the wine, and ends in a refreshing lime/citrus (Sauvignon Blanc) finish. Wood: Part of the Chenin Blanc and Semillon was fermented in new French oak barrels for 3 weeks.

Alc: 11.5 RS: 3.5 pH: 3.36 TA: 6.2

Naude White 2009

Low: 15

High: 18.5

Ave: 17

R90

Pale gold, considerably lighter than 2009. Warm honey nose, with tropical fruit layers and quince. Slighly perfumed middle palate with big acid on the finish. More elegance and minerality. Semillon Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc
Adoro Red 2007

Low: 15

High: 19

Ave: 17

R100

Deep red, tending to garnet. Cigar box with berries and plums in the background warm and spicy. Warm palate with lots of berries, sour plums with lots of acid and tannins. Classic fine tannins with a big bite on the finish. Elegent with medium body making it a very drinkable wine. Shiraz ; Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 45% new oak

Alc: 14

Adoro Red 2006

Low: 15

High: 16

Ave: 17

R120

Dark red with lots of garnet. Slightly more fruit and softer, richer nose. Lots of cherries, red fruit and also sour cherries. Warm fruit and superb tannins very approachable and softer than the 2007. Shiraz 24%; Merlot 32%; Cabernet Sauvignon 42%; Mourverdre 2% The basic backbone of this wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, was sourced from two areas within Stellenbosch known for their distinctive fruit qualities: the classic mineral profile of Stellenbosch Mountain and ripe red berries of Bottelary. Shiraz from Agter-Paarl and Malmesbury flesh the structure further with ripe fruit flavours and delicate white pepper, combining with cigar box from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot intensifies the blend with dark chocolate and mocha, while the Mourvèdre rounds the wine off with soft ripe fruit. Further maturation will increase the complexity and the beautifully balanced fruit layers will unfold. Enjoy the wine now or within the next five years.

Alc: 14.5 RS: 1.3 pH: 3.4 TA: 7.2

Adoro Natural Sweet Mourverdre 2010

Low: 15

High: 18

Ave: 16.5

R80 500ml

Dark ruby red. Dark red cherries and spice on the nose. Great balance of sweetness and tannins giving it great backbone. Combination of wine and port. Delivers as promised to go with cheese platters Mourverdre 100% Grapes are sourced from Swartland, an area known for intense heat; enabling fruit to reach optimal ripeness, resulting in rich and fullbodied wines. This natural sweet red wine was produced to complement cheese, though its off-sweet profile can be enjoyed any time. It’s an excellent alternative to port and fortified wines when paired with dessert.

Alc: 13.5 RS: 55 pH: 3.23 TA: 8

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