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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

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

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

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

David Aristargos 2010

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 back in May and then there’s David and Nadia Sadie, [...]

June 10, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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