By Christian Eedes, 13 August 2021
Palladius 2019 incorporates 11 varieties (Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Marsanne, Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino and Colombard) grown across 17 vineyards (14 on Paardeberg, two in St Helena Bay and one on Piketberg),
Vinification, meanwhile, involves spontaneous fermentation in a combination of amphorae and concrete eggs, each component fermenting in its own time, in some cases taking up to 18 months, Eben Sadie and Paul Jordaan of Sadie Family Vineyards using the “canvas of the Swartland” to paint a particularly detailed picture
The nose is effusive with notes of citrus, peach, thatch, herbs and flowers while the palate shows striking fruit purity, bright acidity and a pithy finish. It appears somewhat lighter in body than previous vintages which is not to say underdone or insubstantial – there’s plenty of flavour intensity and a great energy about it and it should only gain in weight and texture with time in bottle. A wine that leaves you marvelling at the clarity of vision that has gone into its crafting. Price: R830 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 96/100.
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