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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2015 – three SA wines

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2014: 10. Vin de Constance 2009  – score: 95 63. Mulderbosch Block […]

November 17, 2015
by Christian
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How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed by acclaimed Swartland winemaker Eben Sadie before yesterday’s tasting of seven local whites 10 years or older convened by South African Sommelier Association. “We’re all inclined both to spend more on […]

October 16, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

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
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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
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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
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2013

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side of the mountain”. Beeslaar Pinotage 2012 Abrie Beeslaar starts his own label and comes […]

December 2, 2013
by Christian
with 6 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

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

“Is it really possible to sell Chenin at R195 a bottle?” asked Tinus Els, cellarmaster of L’Avenir of Wendy Appelbaum, owner of DeMorgenzon at the “Summer Chenin Showcase” put on by the Chenin Blanc Association yesterday. 22 wines in a variety of styles including the DeMorgenzon Reserve 2006, with a suggested price of, yes, five […]

October 12, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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