Swartland winery Sadie Family took home a trio of five-star ratings and won Winery of the Year in Platter’s recently released “2015 Guide to South African Wines”, the second such honor for the winery.
“Platter’s is delighted to announce that Swartland-based Sadie Family Wines is the Guide’s Winery of the Year for a historic second time,” Platter’s said in a release this past week. “The winery first toook the honour in 2010 and it is the only winery to emerge from this year’s stringent judging process with three maximum five star ratings for the 2015 edition.
Saide Family is the brainchild of surfer-turned-winemaker Eben Sadie, whose unconventional approach to winemaking has won critics and fans during his estate’s rise to prominence in the South African wine community.
The wine-world wild-child started his vine career by working in the wine regions of Austria, Italy, Oregon, Germany and France’s Burgundy.
Saide returned to his native South Africa in 1998 to work with The Spice Route winery where he eventually became chief winemaker.
He founded The Sadie Family winery in 1999, starting with small-scale vintages including their 17-barrel Columella in 2000 and their seven-barrel release of their 2002 Palladius.
Sadie and his brother and sister run the winery.
His work over the past 15 years has earned South Africa its only Wine Spectator 95-point rating.
Sadie Family’s three five-star wines were their 2013 Pofadder Cinsault, their 2012 Palladius and their 2013 Skerpioen.
Master of Wine Tim Atkin agreed with the Sadie five-star ratings, as well as Platter’s decision to give the estate its Winery of the Year award. He awarded the Pofadder and Palladius a 95 rating. He gave the 2013 Skerpioen a 94.
UK critic Neal Martin deemed the 2012 Pofadder “a warm, sensual bouquet that captures the lighter, more feminine side of the Cinsault variety…There are plenty of pretty sour red cherry and citric notes with just a mote of fieriness toward the finish. There is joie-de-vivre in this Pofadder – nonchalant and cheeky.”
He applauded Sadie Family, saying, they were “deservedly named as winery of the year.”
The Sadie trio of five-star wines was part of a list of 50 wines which achieved the top rating.
Five wines took home the five-star rating in the shiraz/syrah category – Boekenhoutskloof Winery’s 2012, Boschendal Wines’ 2012 Cecil John Reserve, De Trafford Wines’ 2012 Blueprint, Fable Mountain Vineyards’ 2012 and Porseleinberg 2012 Porseleinberg.
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