While Chenin Blanc is the driving force behind this blend, there are 11 total varieties blended by the hand of Eben Sadie to create ‘Palladius.’ Texturally generous with delightful saline and freshness, this wine delivers floral and stone fruit notes among its layers—wonderfully complex, remarkably pleasing. The wine is fermented in concrete eggs and clay amphorae and then transferred to large neutral barrels to age, hence the remarkable texture. Antonio Galloni has called the wines of Sadie Family “Absolutely stellar!”
The Sadie Family makes its home in the Swartland, an hour North of Cape Town and edging right up to the coast. This is a remarkable area to which a visit is on the bucket list of every wine professional I know. The soils have been theorized by some geologists to be the most ancient viticultural soils on Earth, rich with granite, iron, and schist. There is a wildness to the place with its bush vines and rugged terrain that is captured in the bottles. Yet, the precision with which this is executed is nothing short of incredible. Old vines, ancient soils and extreme climate conditions provide a balance of texture and freshness.