The latest releases of South Africa’s most hallowed producer, The Sadie Family, have been rated by Wine Spectator’s James Moleswoth. Palladius 2014 was listed as a ‘Hot wine’ with 96…

The latest releases of South Africa’s most hallowed producer, The Sadie Family, have been rated by Wine Spectator’s James Moleswoth. Palladius 2014 was listed as a ‘Hot wine’ with 96 points! This is the highest score ever for a South African wine.

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Tasting notes:

Sadie Family, Palladius Coastal Region 2014
96 points | 700 cases made | White
This is packed with white peach, yellow apple and mirabelle plum flavors, while fennel, melon rind and salted butter notes streak underneath. The long finish shows blanched almond and quinine details, imparting weight, with a piercing echo at the very end. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Marsanne, Sémillon, Palomino and Colombard. Drink now through 2024. From South Africa. — J.M.

Sadie Family, ‘T Voetpad Swartland 2015
95 points |280 cases made | White
Dried lemon peel, fennel seed and honeysuckle notes give this a high-pitched entry, but the core offers up Jonagold apple and melon fruit while the finish pulls in fresh salted butter and verbena details, imparting remarkable range and length. Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Palomino and Muscat. Drink now through 2024. — J.M.

Sadie Family, Columella Coastal Region 2014
94 points | 750 cases made | Red
This has a beautifully rendered core of pure, delineated raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit that races from start to finish, carried by a light graphite edge and backed by a long, iron- and mesquite-accented finish. Very focused, with mouthwatering drive. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2027. — J.M.

Sadie Family, Skerpioen Swartland 2015
94 points | 350 cases made | White
Bitter almond, warm peach, melon rind and green almond notes give this a distinctive profile, with racy acidity and a quinine streak adding a mouthwatering feel. A brisk fleur de sel element adds tension and length to the long finish. Chenin Blanc and Palomino. Drink now through 2024. — J.M.

Sadie Family, Skurfberg Olifants River 2015
94 points | 580 cases made | White
Exotic, offering a wide range of star anise, pineapple, green almond, green fig and yellow apple notes, carried by a racy quinine accent that’s deeply buried on the finish. A whiff of honeysuckle completes the seduction. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2025. — J.M.

 

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