By the standards of David Sadie's production, this is a big blend, sourced from six different vineyards between 30 and 50 years old. Honeyed, rich and complex, showing undertones of orange peel, struck match and creamy lees.
The Sadies' outstanding white blend mixes Chenin Blanc with Roussanne, Clairette Blanche and Viognier from a dozen different vineyards, using more Roussanne than in 2013. Old oak, full malolactic and layer upon layer of complex flavours distinguish the wine, with baking spices, apple pie, stone fruit, honey and a core of chiselled acidity.
Elpidios is a blend of Syrah with Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Pinotage (the fourth of these for the first time), all grapes which do well in the heat of the Swartland. Whole bunch spice, early picking, fine tannins and a long, refined finish: this is one of the most elegant Mediterranean Cape reds of all, a wine which almost defies its origins.
David Sadie employs fruit from six different sources, including his new base at Paardebosch, to make this Chenin. Typically focused and expressive, it's a combination of leesy breadth and tangy minerality, with stony acidity and very subtle oak. Essence of Swartland Chenin.
Two vineyards contribute grapes to this delicious Grenache. Granite soils from the Paardeberg and clay soils from Malmesbury contribute structure and elegance and David has crafted a wonderful wine. The nose is a beautifully subtle cocktail of strawberry and raspberry while the palate is remarkable for its sheer elegance and pure linear fruit. Raspberry, strawberry, plums, with savoury tannins adding support along with the juicy acidity. 10% Shiraz adds further complexity with red cherry and pomegranate like acidity. Refreshingly low alcohol and hugely drinkable.
Chenin Blanc , Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette Blanche and Sémillon come together, from twelve different vineyards up to 50 years old, to form one of the Swartland’s finest white blends.
Now in its sixth vintage, David Sadie’s brilliant, Chenin-based white blend also contains Roussanne, Clairette Blanche, Viognier and Semillon. Peach, pear and apple flavours combine with notes of baking spices, subtle oak and pithy, focused acidity and a finish that lingers for over a minute. Brilliant wine-making.
Wines like this make you wonder, yet again, why there isn't more Grenache planted in the Cape. Using fruit from three different vineyards and 30% whole bunches, it's floral and perfumed with understated red berry flavours, elegant tannins and a long, pure finish. Very delicate.
A very well crafted blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache reflects the Swartland's affinity with Rhone varieties. Where David's Grenache is immediately appealing, this blend has a brooding meaty complexity to it that will need more time to reveal its locked in secrets. Supremely integrated tannins frame the luscious blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, fynbos and subtle vanilla.