The Sadie Family is based in the Swartland region of the Cape wine lands. Eben Sadie, South Africa’s first certified celebrity winemaker, has been described by supporters as “one of the greatest and most original wine makers in the Southern Hemisphere.” Before Eben Sadie became a winemaker he travelled and worked in several of the world’s wine regions, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Burgundy and Oregan. When he came back to South Africa he worked under Charles Back at Spice Route in 1998. He eventually became the chief winemaker and Charles Back described him as “national asset for the South African wine industry.”
What The Critics Say
95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"The 2014 Old Vine Series Treinspoor is 100% Tinta Barocca planted in 1974, a grape that Eben Sadie rates very highly. There is something placid about the nose, which is refined and reclining in a comfy chair at the moment. The fruit is slightly darker than the 2014 Pofadder, with a hint of vanilla and cola tincturing the dark berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, grainy tannin and supremely well-judged acidity. It becomes more structured and masculine towards the finish, which offers great details, precision and superb mineralité. Eben compared it to a cross between Nebbiolo and a Syrah, and I can see where he is coming from. One of those wines that shifts your preconception about a grape variety." Drink 2016 - 2032
91+/100 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
"(13.1% alcohol; from vines planted in 1974): Good deep red. Deep, wild aromas of raspberry, plum, cherry, leather and botanical herbs, accented by dusty spices. Brisk acidity intensifies the sappy dark berry flavors; expanded impressively with air while maintaining its outstanding inner-mouth tension. Finishes juicy and succulent, with big, broad tannins and superb perfumed length. Made from a Portuguese grape variety found mostly in the Douro Valley, where it is a key ingredient in many ports, this wine struck me as like a hypothetical blend of a Rhone and a Piedmont wine. Sadie, who admitted that he overextracted this fruit in 2010 and 2011, told me that he will put a bit of this vineyard into his flagship Columella bottling, which is a regional wine rather than an expression of a single site." Drink 2019 - 2028
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