Few Fridays are average. They’re especially not average when a trip to Sadie Family Wines in the Swartland is planned. On the day of the release of the 2014 Old Vine Series, we headed to the vineyard in the barren yet beautiful Paardeberg for the first taste of Eben Sadie’s magic.
The Sadie Family ethos is to respect and honour the land, terroir and fruit that they’re given. Humbly, Eben regards place above progress, and produces wines that are ethical and authentic – taste the land, not a machine. The Sadie Family wines are at the forefront of the South African wine revolution. Eben has successfully identified quality and fruitful old vines across the Cape, revived them with natural farming and captured their essence using simple, traditional winemaking.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, along a dirt road just 10 km outside of Malmesbury, the farm is a rustic ode to the land and philosophies that Eben emulates. In his cellar Eben creates some of South Africa’s most interesting, delicious and sought after wines. So much so that when the 2014 vintage was finally open to sales, they disappeared in a flash (working on a first come first serve basis, I waited until midnight to send the email at exactly 00:01. Publik had to be first). The wines are rich in character, balance and purity, and within minutes of release to our mailing list, sold out.
In addition to the Columella and Palladius blends, the Old Vine Series features eight signature wines from old vines on the farm and areas of the Swartland. Chatting to Eben about his wine, his love for surfing and travel, his family and winemaking philosophies, it was a rewarding time for us as a team to not only taste exceptional wines, but appreciate and better grasp the skill, effort and passion that goes into making them.
The Sadie Old Vine Series sold out in minutes. The Palladius and Columella are however still available on our site. You can browse and purchase them here.
Words and photography Lisa Wallace