Wines for the January 7th Zoom Tasting
Join us at 6:30 on Thursday, January 7th, for a tasting of the wines of Sadie Family in Swartland, South Africa, with Eben Sadie himself!
Eben is featured in the current issue of Wine Spectator: "Over the past two decades, the style of South African wine has moved from bolder, oakier and more extracted to purer, leaner and more graceful. One of the winemakers at the forefront of this movement is Eben Sadie, whose Sadie Family in Swartland has charted a path between New and Old World approaches. 'We are the oldest of the New World and the newest in the Old World', Sadie says." At Sunfish Cellars, we regard these as among the finest wines in our portfolio at any price, and the recently released wines are the finest Eben Sadie has made in his career. Wine Spectator has given classic scores (95 or higher) to five South African wines in the last year and a half. Two of them are Sadie Family wines (the other three are dessert wines). This is truly one of the most exciting tastings we have hosted.
Join us for the tasting here: https://zoom.us/j/99593686561?pwd=NFFmTWJkR1NTRlFnQmtwM1lVc1hEZz09
Thursday's tasting will feature, tasted in this order. (All three wines received high 90 point ratings from Master of Wine Tim Atkins, but I will let you decide for yourself how special they are.)
2019 Sadie Family Skerpioen (Chenin Blanc/Palomino), $69.99
The most obvious characteristics of this wine are its incredible crisp acidity, freshness, and the line of minerality, thanks to the very unique soil. It shows beautiful fruit with the vineyard's usual exceptional freshness and acidity.
Purchase the Skerpioen here:
2017 Pofadder Red (Cinsault), $66.99
Cinsault was an obvious candidate for inclusion in the Old Vine Series, although it poses many quality problems in the vineyard and cellar, including the difficulty of keeping yields down, attaining perfect ripeness, and its oxidative character. There were 5 vineyards considered but the block on the Western side of Kasteelberg Mountain was far above the rest in quality (the snakelike form of the mountain gave the wine its name). The vines were planted in 1973 on soils of slate and decomposed shale formations. After picking, careful sorting is vital to get rid of both underripe and over-ripe berries. The whole clusters are then placed in an old wooden open-top fermenter with one or two punch-downs by foot each day to slowly release juice for fermentation. After a month on the skins, the grapes are transferred by hand into a tiny basket press and pressed directly to an old wooden cask. The wine is bottled after a year or so to retain the fruit and elegance of the wine and avoid any premature oxidation character.
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2019 Treinspoor Red (Tinta Barroca), $69.99
Treinspoor comes from a vineyard planted in 1974 on decomposed granite and table mountain sandstone on the western side of Malmesbury. It is located next to the old railway line (treinspoor) and was named accordingly. The very fragile, thin skin of Tinta Barocca is prone to sunburn but in this case the old bush vines have formed a great framework to keep the bunches sheltered from the intense Swartland sun. The good color and firm acidity of this variety have made it a great and favorite component in blends from the outset. However, once a Tinta Barocca vineyard has grown into old age, it has all the complexities and qualities to be bottled on its own. Tinta Barocca has an amazing ability to capture the Swartland in its purist form. It is always a deeper wine with much more time required in aging. Whole-bunch grapes are naturally fermented with minimal intervention, wetting the cap once a day, and the occasional punchdown. After fermentation it is pressed into concrete and old wooden casks where it ages for about 12 months before bottling.
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You can see our complete schedule of fantastic tastings here: https://sunfishcellars.com/collections/upcoming-tastings