Sadie Family Swartland Palladius 2017
1 or more bottles$260.00
Tim Atkin MW96 points
Wine Spectator93 points
Sadie's signature white, Palladius, is a blend of all eleven of Swartland's official white varieties, with old, bush-vine Chenin Blanc playing the principal role. The idea is to produce a great white that represents the overall terroir of Swartland (as much as this is possible) and to use all of the permitted varieties. As a result, this is harvested from seventeen separate vineyard sites, with the full list of grapes comprising: Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Marsanne, Semillon, Palomino and Colombard, as well as the hyper-rare Semillon Gris (which plays a key role in Sadie's Kokerboom and T'Voetpad Old Vine Series cuvées). Scattered throughout the Swartland, most of the vineyards are rooted in decomposed Paardeberg Granite (although four parcels lie on sandstone) and qualify for old vine status (35-plus years with the oldest vines planted in 1935). The younger fruit comes from Sadie's own plantings, though even here the yields max out at 22 hl/ha.
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Tim Atkin MW96
"Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Colombard, Palomino, Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier. Fermented in clay amphora & concrete egg and aged for the first year, then racked & aged for additional year in old foudres. Unfined & unfiltered."
"Broad and lush in feel, featuring creamed melon, pear and yellow apple fruit flavors, framed by warm meringue, white ginger and brioche notes. The long finish flows nicely."
"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."
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Sadie Family Swartland Pofadder 2018
- Variety Chenin Blanc
- Vintage 2018
- Brand Sadie Family
- Cellaring 15 Plus Years
- Wine Type White
- Alcohol Percentage 14.0% Alcohol
Neal Martin96 points
Tim Atkin MW94 points
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You’ll find the bulk of South Africa’s wine regions on or near the coast of the Cape, where they leverage the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean. Combined with the mountain ranges that run through many of the regions, providing various altitudes, aspects, and soils, this unique landscape yields a wide range of wine styles. Among the black grape varieties planted here are Cabernet Sauvignon (the most widely planted), Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, also has significant plantings and is little grown elsewhere in the world. Winemakers create Pinotage in a range of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied old-vine wines. Among the white grape varieties, Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted grape of either colour; Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are also widely grown. Among the prominent winemaking areas of South Africa are Stellenbosch, Paarl, Swartland, Walker Bay, Durbanville, Constantia, Worcester, Robertson, Elgin, and Elim.
Western Cape is a sweeping wine region of South Africa, with more than 90% of the country’s wine production happening here. It’s home to such important winemaking districts as Stellenbosch (the centre of fine-wine production for the country), Paarl, Cape Peninsula (specifically, the Constantia ward), Swartland, Worcester, Robertson, Walker Bay, and Elgin. Western Cape produces a wide range of wines, from bulk, inexpensive drops to premium brands. Keeping in mind its size, the province generally enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. However, microclimates vary thanks to the province’s many mountains, differing proximity to the ocean, changing elevations, and differing aspects. A diverse range of grapes also grow here, including Pinot Noir, Tinta Barocca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, and Chenin Blanc.
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