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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2014

“Unlike the usual full-bodied style of Grenache, this wine rather displays the elegant characteristics of the grape,” reads the back label of Soldaat 2014, part of Eben Sadie’s Die Ou Wingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). From a Piekenierskloof vineyard, the wine is restrained to the point of delicate. The nose shows wild strawberry, fynbos and [...]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2014

Palomino, according to JancisRobinson.com, “can withstand drought well and produces a reliable crop of slightly low acid, low sugar grapes whose wine may oxidise easily – in short, perfect raw material for sherry”. It was once widely planted in South Africa but most of the wine is used for distilling or basic blends. Part of [...]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2014

“This bottle of wine celebrates a grape that poses many challenges in the vineyard and in the cellar and keeps us humble” reads the back label of Pofadder 2014, the Swartland Cinsault in Eben Sadie’s Die Ouwingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). Plenty of berry fruit (cherries, wild strawberries) plus some black olive, fynbos and earth. [...]

August 31, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2014

Part of Eben Sadie’s Ou Wingerdreeks (Old Vine Series), this wine is from a field blend of Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Palomino Semillon and Semillon Gris, this Swartland vineyard was planted in stages from 1900 to 1928. This vintage shows white and yellow peach, some floral perfume, spice, talcum powder and a hint of yeasty complexity. [...]

August 31, 2015
by Christian
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Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Special Report 2015 released

Tim Atkin MW has released his third annual South Africa Special Report. The publication, which runs to almost 150 pages, includes wines and winemakers of the year for the first time, these being: Winemaker of the Year: Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines Young Winemaker of the Year: Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Overall White [...]

August 26, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2014

“Treinspoor” is the name that Eben Sadie gives his Tinta Barocca within the Old Vine Series, a wine made from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1974 and the 2014 vintage is the best yet. Nothing shy about the nose with notes of dark berries, flowers, spice, white pepper and even a gamey, almost animal quality. [...]

August 25, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2014

The 2014 vintage of The Old Vine Series Kokerboom made by Eben Sadie is demanding stuff. From Olifantsrivier Semillon, the vineyards were planted in the 1930s and include both the white-berried and the red-berried form of the grape. On the nose, lime, pear, white peach, red table grape, thatch, dried herbs and some yeasty complexity [...]

August 25, 2015
by Christian
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Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014

Is there anybody to touch Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards when it comes to wine quality right now? Admittedly, they benefit from the pioneering work of Eben Sadie and viticulturist Rosa Kruger when it comes to conserving our best old vineyards and they don’t make very much of their top cuvées but what [...]

May 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 8 Comments
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