Sadie Family Skerpioen 2014 750ml
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Sadie Family Skerpioen 2014

Sadie Family - Coastal Region - South Africa - Swartland

Professional Wine Reviews for Sadie Family Skerpioen 2014

Rated 94 by Decanter
(a blend of 55% Chenin Blanc and 45% Palomino on a chalky 78-year-old site along the coast, in the northern part of Swartland): Bright yellow. Pungent, underripe stone fruits, mint, orange liqueur, quinine, anise and elderflower on the distinctly salty nose. On the palate, captivating flavors of soft citrus fruits, lemon and sea-spray salinity are framed by powerful acidity (the highest of any of these wines). Very dense wine with plenty of body and a phenolic quality on the very long finish. (Galloni)
Rated 93 by Robert Parker
Planted half a mile from the sea and 60 meters above sea level, the 2014 Old Vine Series Skerpioen is a Chenin Blanc and Palomino blend that was showing a reduced nose that slightly rubs out the delineation. There's something quite feral about the bouquet: wet wool, a bit of sea-spray and damp earth. The palate is well balanced with a keen line of acidity (there is 6.8 grams per liter of acidity), touches of smoke walnut and lanolin coming through with a nicely poised, lemon rind and nutmeg finish with a saline aftertaste. I would give this a good shake before pouring to get rid of any possible reduction and then enjoy this wonderful wine.

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Winery: Sadie Family

Region: Coastal Region

The coastal parts of South Africa, and in particular the region around Cape Town, have been important wine regions for a surprising length of time. Indeed, viticulture first began at the tip of the African continent back in the mid 17th century, when European settlers first began experimenting with the cooler and windier terroirs near the ocean, and recognizing the potential the area had for growing grapes of real character and distinction. Those early experiments slowly but surely led to a powerful wine industry, and South African wines became famous throughout Europe for their quality and big, fruity, bold flavors Today, the coastal regions of South Africa produce a huge amount of wine, made in sparkling, still and fortified styles, and utilizing a wide range of grape varietals.

Country: South Africa

With its hot, long summers and oceanic winds from both the west and the east, South Africa is something of a haven for a wide range of imported grape varietals. Since the mid-18th century, the country has been associated with some very fine wines made using complex and careful blending techniques, with one of the most famous and widely loved early examples being constructed from Pontac, Muscadel and Chenin Blanc varietals. Since those colonial days, the regions around Cape Town have proven again and again to be fantastic areas for producing interesting and delicious wines, with many of the best examples of Champagne style sparkling wines originating from these fertile lands. From the scorchingly hot regions of Orange Rivers, to the far cooler and temperate appellations in Walker Bay, South Africa has developed a booming wine industry responsible for many of the finest New World wines available anywhere across the globe.