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    Sadie Family Wines - New releases

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    We are very pleased to offer the new releases from one of South Africa’s superstars. We have a tiny allocation with a few of these destined to sell out fast; so fast that at time of writing we are already sold out on some!

     

    Columella 2017                                                     £68.99 per bottle

    Palladius 2017                                                       £58.99 per bottle

     

    Skurfberg Old Vine Series 2018                              £37.50 per bottle

    Skerpioen Old Vine Series 2018                              £37.50 per bottle

    Pofadder Old Vine Series 2018                                £37.50 per bottle

    Treinspoor Old Vine Series 2018                             £37.50 per bottle

    T’Voetpad Old Vine Series 2018                              £44.99 per bottle

    Kokerboom Old Vine Series 2018                            £44.99 per bottle

    Soldaat Old Vine Series 2018                                  £44.99 per bottle

     

    Columella 2017

    VINEYARDS: Paardeberg, Kasteelberg, Malmesbury, Piquetberg

    GRAPES: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsaut & Tinta Barocca

     

    This 2017 Columella is the first of “the drought years” to be bottled and this wine stands as evidence of the great stability to be achieved in a region with multiple varieties and vineyards planted in diverse sites.   It shows that the greatest and most stable quality is to be achieved by a selection of vineyards rather than just one. The expression of a singular site has its place, but there is simply no better strategy than the combination of a bigger variety of terroirs to build up the most stable representation of the region.

     

    Palladius 2017 – SOLD OUT

    VINEYARDS: Paardeberg Granite (13 vineyards),Sandstone (4 vineyards).

    GRAPES: Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Marsanne, Semillon Gris, Semillon Blanc and Palomino, Colombard.

     

    Palladius 2017 displays the magnitude of layers that is to be expected from a blend of 11 varietals across 17 vineyards, but unlike the previous two vintages there are more fresh fruit flavours and the stone fruit and peach skin aromas almost suggest a cooler vintage… this is in part the result of us picking slightly earlier than usual to try and save plant reserves for the vines to deal with the drought.

     

    Skurfberg 2018 – SOLD OUT

    VINEYARD: Skurfberg Mountains in the Olifants River Region

    GRAPES: Chenin Blanc

     

    This wine blends Chenin Blanc from old bushvine parcels on three farms on the slopes of the Skurfberg   (“rugged mountains”) between Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay in the Olifants River Region. They are immaculately farmed properties, which have not been subjected to herbicide or chemical fertilisers by the current farmers. Most of the soils in the area are of decomposed sandstone, and very sandy. Rainfall is low – these vines have had to be tough to survive without irrigation.

     

    Skerpioen 2018

    VINEYARD: Halfway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay on the coast

    GRAPES: Chenin Blanc and Palomino

     

    Skerpioen (Scorpion) is a very unique, unirrigated old vine parcel planted on the West Coast near the village of Dwarskersbos. One of the most amazing aspects of this vineyard is the fact that it is planted in chalky (limestone) soils in one of the coolest parts of the Swartland region, located a mere 2km from the Atlantic Ocean – but this is also a very dry location with an average rainfall of around 300mm per year. The cool climate and restrictive growth as a result of the limited water availability have resulted in this 60-year-old-parcel rendering a unique quality wine with a distinctive imprint. Its 2.4 hectares of old vines are mainly planted with Chenin Blanc and Palomino.

     

    Pofadder 2018

    VINEYARD: Western side of the Kasteelberg Mountain in the Swartland

    GRAPES: Cinsault

     

    In the late 19th century, and much of the 20th, Cinsault was the workhorse red variety that played an undeclared role in some great red blends. It was an obvious candidate for inclusion in the Old Vine Series, although it poses many quality problems in the vineyard as well as the cellar, including the difficulty of keeping yields down and attaining perfect ripeness, plus its very oxidative character. There were five vineyards considered – but it became clear that the block on the Riebeek Mountain in the Swartland was far above the rest in quality (the snakelike form of the mountain gave the wine its name).

     

    Treinspoor 2018

    VINEYARD: Located 4km west of Malmesbury

    GRAPES: Tinta Barocca

    This old vineyard was planted in 1974 and lies on the western side of Malmesbury, on route to Darling. Historically Tinta Das Baroccas (the earlier pronunciation) has always had a good and prominent place in the Swartland region. This vineyard is located next to the old railway line (treinspoor) and was named accordingly. The very, fragile thin skin of Tinta Barocca is prone to sunburn, but in this case the old bush vines have formed a great framework to keep the bunches sheltered from the intense Swartland sun.

     

    T’Voetpad 2018

    VINEYARD: North-western side of the Piquetberg Mountains

    GRAPES: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Chenin Blanc & Muscat d’ Alexandrie

     

    The name means The Footpath in Dutch, and comes from the name of Dirk Brand’s wheat and rooibos tea farm, where the rustic block of old vines is tucked away. This is surely the most isolated old vineyard in the country, presumably originally planted to supply the farmer and his neighbours. Its 1.4 hectares host varieties established in the Cape since the early days of European settlement, with most of the planting done between 1900 – 1928,   and all of the vines grow on their own roots (even the cheninuntroubled by phylloxera).   The vineyard’s survival without irrigation is also extraordinary in this hot valley in thenorth of the huge Swartland region, near the village of Aurora and Elands Bay on thecoast. Its precise location has allowed it to survive, with an underground river flowing beneath it from the mountains. No herbicides have been used, and grass and weeds between the vines help dry out the winter-wet soils, while driving the vine roots deeper.

     

    Kokerboom 2018 -SOLD OUT

    VINEYARD: Trekpoort Kloof in the Olifants River Region

    GRAPES: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris

     

    The vineyard was planted in the 1930s, with a mix of standard Semillon and a red-berried form of the grape once common in the Cape and probably unique to this country, but now almost vanished. Both versions used to be called “Greengrape”. This is one of the most pristine old vineyards in South Africa. No herbicides or artificial fertilisers have been used on it, and it has been perfectly pruned over the years. The downside is that it is a small and low-yielding vineyard.

     

    Soldaat 2018

    VINEYARD: Located in Piekenierskloof on the Paleisheuwel Road

    GRAPES: Grenache Noir

     

    The Piekenierskloof took its name from the piekeniers (foot soldiers) who were located at the top of the pass of the mountain to protect the livestock in this part of the old Cape Colony from theft, hence this parcel of vines being named Soldaat (Soldier). The unique climate on the top of the mountain and the altitude are key elements that give us the wonderful ripening conditions to be found in this region. This old, unirrigated vineyard was planted at around 708 meters of altitude in decomposed granite soil with a slight easterly slope.