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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 … [Read more...]

Palladius 2011

The benchmark has just been raised.

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, … [Read more...]

Ugly ducklings, swans and Chenin Blanc

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“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 … [Read more...]

Columella 2010

The shiz niz.

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% … [Read more...]

David Aristargos 2010

Another cult wine from the Swartland. Image courtesy of Winethegap.com.

Eben Sadie of Columella and Palladius fame is no longer the only Sadie you should be paying attention to. There’s Stormers centre Johann Sadie, who scored a brilliant solo try in the Cape side’s comeback win over the Blues at Eden Park in New Zealand … [Read more...]

Interview with Eben Sadie

The man with a plan.

Hardly have we finished exchanging greetings and Eben Sadie, responsible for the acclaimed Swartland wines Columella and Palladius says “I’m not interested in winemaking anymore.” Noting a quizzical look from me, he adds a qualification: “I still … [Read more...]