|Varietal||Palomino, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc|
The 2020 Palladius displays, for the first time in many years, cordial lime, citrus and zesty aromas that develop into mineral/salty qualities that spill over into some secondary white stone fruit aromas.
Columella's treatise on farming, De Re Rustica, is a comprehensive account of Roman viticulture. His successor was Palladius. 13 parcels, all in the Swartland, specifically in Paardeberg, Piketberg, and St Helena Bay. Always a blend and always Chenin Blanc based. Naturally fermented in clay amphora and concrete eggs. Further aging in truly neutral casks. Unripe yellow fruit, lanolin, vibrant.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Marsanne, Semillon Gris, Semillon Blanc & Palomino, Colombard
Eben Sadie is considered one of the great preservationists and visionaries in the new generation of South African winemakers. The wine writer Neal Martin recently called Sadie an “outspoken, peripatetic, terroir-obsessed winemaker who has been instrumental in putting Swartland on the map. He produces a small portfolio of comparatively expensive, but highly coveted wines based on Rhone varieties sourced from his seemingly never-ending search for pockets of old bush vines and unique terroirs. These are cerebral wines built to age.