Sadie Family T Voetpad 2013 Front Label
Sadie Family T Voetpad 2013 Front Label

Sadie Family T Voetpad 2013

  • RP95
  • WS94
750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

No herbicides have been used in the making of this wine, and grass and weeds between the vines help dry out the winter-wet soils, while driving the vine roots deeper. It is a special and unique place, producing wines of great character. This wine is a field blend of all the varieties—they are picked and pressed together, and co-ferment in old wooden casks.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Old Vine Series T Voetpad is a blend of Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Chenin Blanc and Muscat d’Alexandrie. It has a beeswax and jasmine-scented bouquet that is very well defined, but will require bottle age to develop vigor. The palate is rounded and sensual on the entry, with Mirin, orange zest, mandarin, white pepper, rosemary and lavender notes. Long and persistent in the mouth, this is one of Eben's best Old Vine Series release this year. Profound.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
This is stunning, with high yet perfectly pitched notes of talc, green almond, dried chamomile and quinine leading the way, giving this a dramatically minerally feel overall. Holds plenty of white peach, Jonagold apple and makrut lime flavors in reserve, just waiting to stretch out. The pure, stone-tinged finish is a rapier. Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Palomino and Muscat de Alexandrie. Best from 2016 through 2023.
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Sadie Family, South Africa
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The Sadie Family strives for wines that are fresh, flavorsome, refined, harmonious and balanced and aims to offer drinking pleasure at the highest level of quality, at any stage of a wine's life: the wine-drinker's eagerness for a further glass is their measure of achievement!

The Sadie's two wines, Columella and Palladius, originate in the soils in the Swartland region, which stretches north of Cape Town between Durbanville and Piketberg, inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and centered on the town of Malmesbury. Importantly, the area has a remarkably stable climate, allowing a consistent level of quality each year, in subtly different vintage conditions.

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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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