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Winery of the Week: Sadie Family Wines

Eben Sadie’s vision of rescuing the venerable and largely neglected old bushvine vineyards in the winelands and honouring them through wine, is being realised both on a broad and personal scale. With viticulturist Rosa Kruger, he helped spearhead an awareness which lead to action among like-minded winemakers, and the fruits can be seen in many wine ranges – including Eben’s own Old Vine Series, the latest vintages of which sold out before their official release. Each wine in the series is named after a vineyard site, with the story explained on the back label. All blocks date back to the last century. The oldest is ‘T Voetpad, planted 1900–1928 on the vines’ own roots, ungrafted, and Mev Kirsten from the 1920s, the oldest chenin vineyard in the country. Sadie Family, our prestigious Winery of the Year for 2015, cannot be commended enough for bringing these priceless gems to winelovers at prices that offer astonishing value. Eben’s other wine venture is Sequillo (listed separately), with its own message.

Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series 'T Voetpad 2013

Category: White blends, wooded, dry  

Field blend chenin, semillon & palomino, with splash muscat d'Alexandrie from isolated century-old vineyard. Charmingly rich & voluptuous 2013 boasts expressive ripe red apple flavours underpinned by remarkable minerality & soft citrus twist. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Columella 2012

Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  

Seamless, confident 2012 blend syrah (76%), mourvèdre, splash grenache flaunts fragrantly spicy garrigue scrub & dark fruit. Different soil types contribute to blend: schist for fresh acidity, granite spiciness, & iron clay structure, to remarkably supple wine. Minimal new oak. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2013

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Category: Semillon wooded  

Profound blend semillon blanc & gris from old Olifants River vines yields bone-dry, salty, fino-like tanginess in 2013 (5th vintage but new to this guide). Abundant white pepper spiciness & sweet yellow fruit beneath steely phenolic breadth, focused by lemon & lime. A revelation! Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Palladius 2012

Category: White blends, wooded, dry  

Astonishingly layered, complex & harmonious 2012 blend of 8 varieties, led by chenin, rousanne, skilfully matured 2 years on lees in concrete 'eggs', older casks & barrels. Intense flavours, lemon, herbs, even some florality & white pepper spice, all sewn together by pithy mineral thread. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Pofadder 2013

Category: Cinsaut  

Remarkably delicate, transparent 2013 () honours old-vine cinsaut's vibrant, pure red fruit & sensuous gossamer-like texture. Unfined/filtered & no new oak for extra-ethereal fruit expression. From a vineyard near Riebeek-Kasteel, like 2012 & previous. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2013

Category: White blends, wooded, dry  

Cooler site & exceedingly chalky soils interplanted with old-vine chenin & palomino ensures ample acidity in almost equal 2013 () blend. Spicy intrigue adds to quiet complexity, while lower acid, higher alcohol than 2012 leaves softer, sweeter than usual impression. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2013

Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry  

Fine dryland chenin from Olifants River. 2013 () generously weighty, rounded mouthfeel & gradually unfurling stonefruit sweetness, edged by light spice & lemon. Broad, rich texture focused by enticing minerality & fresh acidity. Same minimal handling as pure 2012. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Soldaat 2013

Category: Grenache noir  

Deeply satisfying, richly supple, earthy 2013 from Piekenierskloof. Old bushvine grenache's expressive fruit purity & smooth vinosity untrammeled by new oak or winemaking tricks. An absolute delight. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2013

Category: Tinta barocca  |  sub-category: Tinta barocca

Guileless, almost rugged 2013 from old tinta barocca vines has authentic presence & intrigue; taut, grainy tannins frame ample bright red fruit & sweet spiciness. Like 2012 () needs time to reveal more charming side. Wine tasted by Ingrid Motteux More »

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