Sadie Family Wines allocations available
The Sadie Family Wines 2016 release
The most anticipated release date of the year has finally arrived! As of the 1st August, the 2016 releases from Sadie Family Wines will be available on an allocation-only basis.
Sadie Family Wines are at the forefront of the South African wine revolution. A true visionary, Eben Sadie has identified the very best old vines across the Cape, revived them with natural farming and captured their essence using simple and traditional winemaking.
The magnificent 2015 vintage once again delivers another level of depth and complexity,leading to Eben’s most exciting and profound wines yet. In fact, these could be South Africa’s greatest young wines, especially the whites.
The 2014 Palladius similarly seems to be the most complete and composed yet, showing immense richness, tautness and texture. 2014 Columella is a lighter and more refined vintage expression, requiring age to show its full character.
Besides their astonishing character, balance and purity, these profound wines still offer exceptional value for money.
Due to the ever-increasing demand and limited availability, these wines will not be available online. Please email James@winecellar.co.za to request a spot on this year’s allocation list.
Please note, to ensure that as many consumers as possible get to experience these spectacular wines, the allocation for each wine must be capped at 3 bottles per person.
Columella 2014 - R 750
The 2014 Columella is a great follow-up on the 2013: the regional character of the Swartland married a sophisticated feel in the mouth. The 12 months in barrels with about 5 - 8% new wood, followed by 12 months of aging with no new wood in old, large format casks have placed the Columella in an environment where the wine is much more compact - and although it develops more slowly, it has a smooth mouthfeel. From 2010 harvest onwards the Columella wines need more time in their youth, or else decantation for at least 2 hours if opened prior to 5 years of age. The texture and mouthfeel are seamless. – Eben Sadie
This year the Columella comprises of 60% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre with the remainder Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca and Carignan. It is the lightest and tightest Columella yet, so expect it to unwind slowly for many years.
Palladius 2014 - R 575
The Palladius 2014 is a transition wine for us, since this was the first vintage for which we used clay amphorae. The wine has truly grown into its own and will move up a notch over the next two years: the 2016 vintage will be aged in clay and concrete in the new aging cellar dedicated to this wine. With Palladius our major goal is to try and get the maximum volume of compact fruit and texture together with the best potential volume of acidity and freshness. Compared to many white wines, the Palladius is more phynolic and textured and best enjoyed with food. We always encourage people to take the wine to picnics... but then it also needs decantation in the first 5 years from bottling, so there has to be a decanter in the picnic basket! This wine might be white in colour, but that is about the only characteristic that prevents the Palladius from being a red. – Eben Sadie
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussane, Verdelho, Colombard, Palomino! Perhaps the finest Palladius yet.
Soldaat 2015 - R 265
If there is one wine that keeps us on our toes, it is this one. The light pigmentation of the berries, the big stalks and the slow annual fermentation make this one of the more difficult and challenging wines in the cellar. It is the most nerve-wrecking member in the collection of old vineyard wines, but therefore also the most rewarding. The 2015 is elegant and complex; and is already showing very well. It has less acidity than the previous two bottlings and is more approachable as well. This wine has already opened up and is drinking beautifully, whereas many of the higher acidity wines require more time. – Eben Sadie
Grenache Noir from Piekenierskloof planted at 708m in the 1970s. It seems to be the lightest Soldaat to date and delicately walks the line of finesse and power.
Pofadder 2015 - R 235
In 2015 the Cinsault across the region had some sunburn, for a reason not completely clear to us, so we lost a big volume of the fruit on the sorting tables and ended up making much less than usual. The small volume we did end up bottling is one of our personal favourites though. It is slightly more concentrated than usual and the wine has greater depth and texture than in the past. After the intense sorting the wine ended up with a slightly bigger volume but with the same acidity as was the case in 2013 and 2014 and we are really looking forward to following the development of this wine in the bottle. – Eben Sadie
100% Cinsaut from the western side of the Kasteelberg in the Swartland, made from 50-year-old vines. Eben believes Cinsaut is South Africa’s best red grape. If so, this must be one of SA’s best wines as 2015 really imprints a wow-factor onto the Pofadder.
Treinspoor 2015 - R 235
And again: we have a much smaller quantity of the Treinspoor this year. As mentioned before, this is (to our mind) the red grape that might well transport the Swartland Terroir best into liquid form, purely because it captures the soils and the earthiness of the place. We have come a long way since our first bottlings of Tinta Barocca and the current version is the most refined ever, but it has not lost the tannin and the structural feeling of the grape. The 2015 weighs in at a mere 12.8% alcohol, but is phenolically completely ripe and has an amazing mouth feel. – Eben Sadie
Made from 45 year old Tinta Barocca grown west of Malmesbury. It shows great balance of wild herb notes, focussed red fruits and fine tannins. Perhaps our favourite of the reds and the best Treinspoor to date.
Mev. Kirsten 2015 - R 775
We had our first “proper” crop ever of the vineyard in 2015 and having a bigger volume to ferment made a huge difference. After nearly a decade of farming this vineyard, it is finally responding and the vines which once were very abandoned are pretty much back in form. A number of plants have died, but we have replanted them and the young vines are doing well, although we will not include them in the wine for quite a number of years to come! This vintage is more quiet and restrained than usual due to the lifted acidity and it is a wine that still has a little way to go before one can even think about opening it. – Eben Sadie
This revived Chenin block at the foot of Botmanskop was planted in 1920. It is SA’s oldest Chenin Blanc. We feel this is on par with the incredible 2014, sitting atop the rung of SA whites.
Skerpioen 2015 - R 235
70+ year old Chenin blended with Palomino from Dwarskerbos and Elands Bay.
This is a cracking wine that shows crystalline, mineral and savoury notes intertwined with beautiful yellow fruits and green apples. There is a acidity of 6.6g/l which gives a tremendous structure and carries phenomenal length and depth. A nutty, savoury and salty edge offers beguiling complexity and layers. This is a profound wine that will age well for 10-15 years. – Roland Peens
Skurfberg 2015 - R 235
100% Chenin Blanc planted in the 1950s in the Skurfberg Mountains in the Olifants River region.
Rather different to the other whites, this shows some reduction, giving a smoky, spicy and earthy complexity. As it blows off, elegant tropical fruits and mineral notes appear, engaging the palate on a roller-coaster of complexity. This is the tightest Skurfberg yet, with a chalky and stone fruit density on the palate. Tension. Layers. Length. It is firmly in the league of the greatest white wines in the world. - Roland Peens
T’Voetpad 2015 - R 265
A field-blend on the north-west side of the Piquetberg Mountains first planted in 1887, making it SA’s oldest vineyard. Semillon is the star of the show, blended with Semillion Gris, Palomino, Muscat and Chenin.
The nose is the most complete and confident of the old vine series. It is hugely deep, powerful and exotic, leading to a textured and astoundingly rich mid-plate. Apart from delicate yellow and green fruits, a floral and savoury edge gives enormous complexity. A slight creamy fatness is once again wrapped up in a beautiful line of acidity, producing a length of real significance. Perfection? – Roland Peens
Kokerboom 2015 - R 280
Semillion Blanc and Semillon Gris from Trekpoort Kloof in the Olifants River region. The 90-year-old vineyards are in pristine condition.
Notes of kiwi, lime and a hint of gunflint caress the nose while the palate bursts with almonds, grapefruit and a salty twist. It is the most sophisticated and intriguing of the series, offering a textured and slightly phenolic expression. The long, firm finish suggest that this will probably age for decades. – Roland Peens