This collector’s 6-pack of Sadie Family Wines contains:

A selection of wines by one of the most iconic names in SA wine circles, Eben Sadie. Though it should be said that Eben now spends most of time in the vineyards planting for the future and Paul Jordaan is more involved in the cellar on a day-to-day basis.

 

Columella 2015 – mainly syrah, grenache and mourvedre + cinsaut, tinta barocca and carignan. “The 2015 Columella is in many ways the coming together of an array of elements and a strong expression of our quest to produce a wine that will be as true to the region as possible, rather than one that expresses personal preferences. This wine is a bit more inverted and austere and deeply-earthed; and it speaks more of this place. The wine is “grounded” and it is only after a while in the glass that the perfume flavours with an underlying dark graphite edge start to take over the initial, very earthy flavours. The tannins of the wine are tightly coiled and it honestly just needs time and patience. Columella 2015 has a very good overall equilibrium and good acidity. From the 2010 harvest onwards the Columella wines need more time or decant for at least 2 hours if younger than 5 years.” – Eben Sadie
Palladius 2015: A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier + Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Verdelho…. It truly proves that SA white blends are world-class wines. “This is the first vintage we released from the newly-built Palladius fermentation cellar and is only made up from the components in the clay amphorae and the six concrete eggs. The 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 phenolic and textured and best enjoyed with food. From the outset the 2015 just beamed complexity and the wine travels from very mineral and salty aromas to more of your bigger peach skin stone fruit aromas and finally tapers off into a cordial lime and quince edge. The fruit never shows any real aspects of full ripeness even though the grapes were picked at full ripeness. The ageing just preserves more of the fresher aspects and the wine finishes razor sharp on the palate. Age this wine, please. We know it is a white, but age it!” – Eben Sadie
Columella 2016: 48% Syrah with Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca & Carignan. “This vintage has a much deeper colour and concentration and is still very compact and in need of obvious ageing, but it is already showing great complexity in that the aromatics are not a singular line, but the coming together of many aspects. The aromas are a combination of bright fresh red fruits which then pass over to the riper black stone fruit. The wine is also very earthy and seems to live on a bed of freshly ploughed earth – and then there is the appearance of much darker graphite aromatics as well. The texture is still super compact and needs time, the result of 12 months ageing in barrels (8% new) and thereafter an additional 12 months in old, big oval casks. We bottle directly from the cask and the philosophy is to have minimum impact on the character of the grapes and rather just have the fruit express itself.” – Eben Sadie
Palladius 2016: “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

Now to the 2 Old Vine wines included-

Eben’s impressions on the 2017 vintage: “In general the alcohol levels are a level lower than before by around 0.5%. It is only in the very northern territories of the Olifantsrivier where the usual level of ripeness of the grapes was maintained, but in the Swartland there was a definite reduction. The acidities are lower and again on average by 0.5 grams per litre; and it actually makes for earlier drinkability on the 2017 wines, not being a bad thing at all as many of the other vintages prior to 2017 need to stay under cork for a significant period of time.
Pofadder 2017: “We picked the Cinsaut grapes in the Pofadder vineyard quite early and the result is a wine with an ultra-bright red fruit spectrum, almost like pomegranate seeds; and the fruit is very lifted in the glass. The tannins are still tight, steely – even crispy and granular, and the fruit is very much like the day we picked the grapes, therefore the wine still needs more time to develop in the bottle… or in the glass, where it develops some spicy aromatics when given the time to do so. Currently this 2017 presents itself as very-straight-down- the-line.”- Eben Sadie
Treinspoor 2017: “We had a very strong release in 2016 with this vineyard, but in our opinion the 2017 is even better and a big contender for being the wine of the vintage, simply in view of its overall complexity. The purity and the focus of the Tinta Barocca grape place it in many ways above more fashionable varieties in terms of ultra-quality wine. The general aromatics are still closed up and the wine needs time to unfold, but the general brightness of the fruit and some serious black stone fruit aromatics suggest that much more is to come from this wine – it is currently revealing only a fraction of its true personality. The lower alcohol, lifted tannin and acidity make for a very savoury finish and a wine that can truly age.”-Eben Sadie
And there you have it. A collector’s dream.

R3980.00 for the pack. (subject to availability)

Call 0214245587 to order. National delivery can be arranged.