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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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Platter’s 2015

Major achievers in Platter’s 2015: Winery of the Year Sadie Family Wines White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Red Wine of the Year De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012 Wines rated Five Stars:  Méthode Cap Classique Graham Beck  Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 Chardonnay DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013 Iona 2013 Richard Kershaw Elgin 2013 […]

October 27, 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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A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

The Red 2010 from Swartland producer A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines was nominated for 5 Stars but ultimately not endorsed but then the same fate befell Ernie Els CWG Aucition Reserve 2011 and Sadie Family Columella 2011 to name two other non-Bordeaux-style red blends. To date the Platter’s 5-Star tasting sees wines nominated sighted by […]

April 5, 2014
by Christian
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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
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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
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Interview with Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg

André van Rensburg, winemaker at Somerset West property Vergelegen, usually a wine industry firebrand, has been keeping a remarkably low profile in recent times. What’s up? For one thing, the long-running leaf-roll virus elimination programme has been keeping him busy. Begun in 2002, when 85% of the vines of the property were virus-infected, he now […]

November 3, 2010
by Christian
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Some thoughts on wine competitions

Following the announcement of Wine magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Top 10, the worth of wine competitions is yet again under debate, but I’m not sure we’re making any progress in terms of how the system (the term used loosely) might be improved. I would be the first to attest that as wine competitions get bigger and […]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
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