This time of the year sees a rush of new releases from South Africa as they make room for the incoming vintage and while we were a little too busy to do these wines justice pre-Christmas - leaving them nonchalantly piled in a corner of shop - they now make for a welcome addition to see us into spring.
We are delighted to offer the new release of The Sadie Family Wines, which not only deliver the very highest quality but the 'Old Vine Series' also offers a glimpse into bygone days with a remarkable range of ancient, single vineyard wines. The Sadie Family Wines are Platters Winery of the Year 2015 - the highest accolade possible - and also won 5 Platter stars for Poffader and Skerpioen. So if you want to taste the very highest quality and South Africa's most interesting, and indeed unique, range of wines then the Sadie wines are for you.
All of Eben Sadies whites and reds will benefit from a good hour’s decanting!
Skurfberg 2013 £28.99 Chenin Blanc of outstanding quality, with crisp acidity, ample fruit and layered complexity. A true insight into quintessential old vine South African Chenin.
Skerpioen 2013 £28.99 A 70 year old patch of Chenin Blanc and Palomino (the Fino sherry grape) combine to produce a pin-sharp wine with minerality coupled with a deliciously full richness, made all the more complex by the age of the vines.
Kokerboom 2013 £32.99 A combination of Semillon and the more rare red-skinned Semillon mutation. Always complex and beguiling, simply a stunning bottle to enjoy now and a wine we would bet against lasting for decades.
T'Voetpad 2013 £32.99 A very old-fashioned field blend of Semillon, Chenin, Palomino and Muscat de Alexandria combining wonderful minerality and profound underlying richness.
Poffader 2013 £29.99 Who thought Cinsault could be this good? Far from ordinary, this shows bright red spicy pepper fruit - great now but will get better with age.
Soldatt 2013 £32.99 Grenache aiming for its elegant side with just a hint of rusticity underpinning the whole thing. Another pure expression of great South African winemaking at its very best.
Treinspoor 2013 £28.99 Made from the Port grape Tinta Barroca. We always get excited when we see this varietal turn up outside Portugal. Here it's medium to full-bodied and aromatically it leaps out of the glass. A wine that makes you take notice.
Eben Sadie’s wines are due in store in mid-March but we are taking orders as stocks are limited.
31st August 2013
Some fine berried fruit aromas with nice leather and spice notes. Deceptively full with some nicely controlled power. Good acidity and ripe tannins, with classic Southern Hemisphere Malbec character. Mulberries, bramble fruit and leather flavours, with an impressive structure for the price.