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Palladius

Sadie Family, Palladius 2016

R755

24 in stock

Notes

Please note, only 3 bottles per customer.

'Eben Sadie rates this white blend as the best of his current releases. Made with ten different cultivars and dipping below 14% alcohol for the first time, it’s an orchestra rather than a solo instrument. Elegant and refined, with no wood at all, this is an harmonious cuvée with beeswax, tarte tatin, orange zest and pear flavours. 2019-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100

By now, the Sadie Family needs no introduction. Their range includes cutting-edge examples of our most characterful wines – wines that have revolutionised the South African landscape and inspired a whole generation of winemakers. They aim to make the most honest wines possible, to focus and to constantly improve their vineyards and, in turn, raise the quality of their grapes and better their wines.

The drought conditions continue to decimate the vineyards so volumes are again down by 30 – 60% with virtually no Kokerboom and T’Voetpad available this year. As in the past, the Mev. Kirsten is still extremely limited.

This 2016 vintage of Palladius has the simplicity of minimalistic design with nothing that shouts out and every one of the 11 varietals that drive this wine just seems to be in perfect synchronization. The aromas are a journey of more tropical, ripe fruit aspects going all the way to a very saline and mineral texture. The most exciting aspect of this 2016 vintage is simply the length and the persistence of the tannin on the palate. This wine spends its first year of ageing in clay amphorae and in concrete eggs and then an additional year of ageing of the final blend in big oak casks. The result is incredible stability and the wine leaves one with the clear impression that the Palladius is on the very same level as the Columella and they can truly run together as Signatures. – Eben Sadie

Tasting notes:
'The 2016 Palladius comes from 17 different vineyards and was fermented in clay amphora and concrete egg and aged for first year, then racked and aged for additional year in old foudres prior to bottling. It has a well defined bouquet, quite neutral in style but blossoming with aeration to reveal hints of lanolin and melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of curry leaf and spice and orange peel. A long tail on the finish of white pepper and sage completes this wonderful Palladius.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'Palladius 2016, the white blend from Swartland cellar Sadie Family Wines, seems hard-wrought perhaps on account of the drought that had now set in, but still a riveting wine. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino, it spends a year in clay amphorae and concrete eggs and then another year in oak casks. A hugely complex and compelling nose with top notes of potpourri and hay before lemon, naartjie, orange, peach, talcum powder, yellow earth and spice. The palate is super-concentrated with driving, quite hard acidity while there is a little phenolic tug on the finish. Currently, it’s amazingly well defined but not exactly charming – you need to be prepared to wait a good few years to get the best out of this.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Sémillon, Sémillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino! This is the first Palladius that comes in under 13,5% alc. Brooding stone fruit, spice and a sense of quiet concentration is promised on the nose. The palate is focused, super-complex and clearly still very young. This is a finely-tuned expression of Swartland fruit where the sunnier varieties like Viognier, Marsanne, etc. are reined in whilst the more reductive varieties like the Palomino, Clairette, etc. are given a bit more breathing space leading to super complex wine with many pieces to a puzzle that require cerebral engagement. One of SA’s finest whites.' – James Pietersen

Please note, only 3 bottles per customer.

'Eben Sadie rates this white blend as the best of his current releases. Made with ten different cultivars and dipping below 14% alcohol for the first time, it’s an orchestra rather than a solo instrument. Elegant and refined, with no wood at all, this is an harmonious cuvée with beeswax, tarte tatin, orange zest and pear flavours. 2019-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100

By now, the Sadie Family needs no introduction. Their range includes cutting-edge examples of our most characterful wines – wines that have revolutionised the South African landscape and inspired a whole generation of winemakers. They aim to make the most honest wines possible, to focus and to constantly improve their vineyards and, in turn, raise the quality of their grapes and better their wines.

The drought conditions continue to decimate the vineyards so volumes are again down by 30 – 60% with virtually no Kokerboom and T’Voetpad available this year. As in the past, the Mev. Kirsten is still extremely limited.

This 2016 vintage of Palladius has the simplicity of minimalistic design with nothing that shouts out and every one of the 11 varietals that drive this wine just seems to be in perfect synchronization. The aromas are a journey of more tropical, ripe fruit aspects going all the way to a very saline and mineral texture. The most exciting aspect of this 2016 vintage is simply the length and the persistence of the tannin on the palate. This wine spends its first year of ageing in clay amphorae and in concrete eggs and then an additional year of ageing of the final blend in big oak casks. The result is incredible stability and the wine leaves one with the clear impression that the Palladius is on the very same level as the Columella and they can truly run together as Signatures. – Eben Sadie

Tasting notes:
'The 2016 Palladius comes from 17 different vineyards and was fermented in clay amphora and concrete egg and aged for first year, then racked and aged for additional year in old foudres prior to bottling. It has a well defined bouquet, quite neutral in style but blossoming with aeration to reveal hints of lanolin and melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of curry leaf and spice and orange peel. A long tail on the finish of white pepper and sage completes this wonderful Palladius.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'Palladius 2016, the white blend from Swartland cellar Sadie Family Wines, seems hard-wrought perhaps on account of the drought that had now set in, but still a riveting wine. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino, it spends a year in clay amphorae and concrete eggs and then another year in oak casks. A hugely complex and compelling nose with top notes of potpourri and hay before lemon, naartjie, orange, peach, talcum powder, yellow earth and spice. The palate is super-concentrated with driving, quite hard acidity while there is a little phenolic tug on the finish. Currently, it’s amazingly well defined but not exactly charming – you need to be prepared to wait a good few years to get the best out of this.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Sémillon, Sémillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino! This is the first Palladius that comes in under 13,5% alc. Brooding stone fruit, spice and a sense of quiet concentration is promised on the nose. The palate is focused, super-complex and clearly still very young. This is a finely-tuned expression of Swartland fruit where the sunnier varieties like Viognier, Marsanne, etc. are reined in whilst the more reductive varieties like the Palomino, Clairette, etc. are given a bit more breathing space leading to super complex wine with many pieces to a puzzle that require cerebral engagement. One of SA’s finest whites.' – James Pietersen

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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