Palladius 2018

By , 26 October 2020

A combination of 11 different white wine varieties from 17 different vineyards, this wine by Sadie Family Wines should be seen as an interpretation of the Swartland as a district in its entirety rather than trying to capture a site as transparently as possible as might be the case with a single-vineyard wine.

The 2018 is forceful without being over-worked in any way. The nose shows citrus, apple, peach, dried herbs, some earthiness and a touch of yeasty complexity. The palate is textured – grippy rather than greasy – and comes across as rich but not listless, the finish notably savoury. It’s as intricate and multi-dimensional as all those component parts would lead you to expect. Price: R825 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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