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Palladius 2013 and Columella 2013

New vintages of  the signature offerings from Sadie Family Wines have just been released: Palladius 2013 Wine Cellar price: R510 Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Semillon Gris, Semillon Blanc and Palomino. The nose is wonderfully fragrant – heady and exotic with notes of flowers, thatch, lime, peach and apricot. The palate [...]

August 13, 2015
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Rhône blends vs Syrah in SA

How do SA’s Rhône-inspired blends stack up next to straight Shiraz? To make the best wines we possibly can in South Africa, we have to blend. Only in continental climates can mono-varietals make for complete wines – take Pinot Noir in Burgundy Riesling in Germany. As soon as you’re in a warmer Mediterranean or maritime [...]

May 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Sequillo White 2013

Does Sequillo suffer from being rock star Eben Sadie’s lesser venture? Perhaps but one advantage of the label is that unlike Columella and Palladius, the average punter can just about afford the wines and another is unlike Die Ouwingerdreeks, it’s not utterly unobtainable. Tasting notes and scores of the current releases: Sequillo White 2013 Approximate [...]

October 30, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Palladius 2012 and Columella 2012

Having missed the Sadie Family Wines tasting towards the end of July as I did, I was eager to get my hands on the 2012 vintages of Palladius and Columella – these are wines that shape the debate and can’t be disregarded. Palladius 2012 Wine Cellar price: R475 Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, [...]

August 5, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Palladius 2011

On Friday, a tasting of the new releases from Sadie Family Wines. The highlight was the white blend Palladius 2011, one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted out of South Africa. Palladius 2011 Case price: R 2636.34 Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Clairette Blanche and Verdelho. A wonderfully [...]

July 20, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Columella 2009

If your reason for being is to showcase the world’s best wines, then why would you choose a hotel whose chefs specialise in Indian cooking to provide the catering? It appears that The White Club opted for The Taj in Cape Town to host its dinner and wine experience at R15 000 a head this [...]

October 30, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Columella 2010

Earlier today the pre-release tasting of  the new vintages of The Sadie Family Wines (on-sale date: 2 July). Tasting notes and scores below: Columella 2010: 19/20 Case price: R3522.60 (6x750ml unless otherwise specified) 80% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 3% Grenache. Black, purple rim. Wonderfully expressive nose showing red and black berries, fynbos and lilies. Great fruit [...]

June 15, 2012
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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