2013 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) White Blend Swartland

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An rich Swartland blend of Chenin Blanc, Clairette, Verdelho, Viognier and Palomino. Then fruit for this wine comes from multiple parcels of Eben's vineyards throughout the region. Many vines are very old, own-rooted, all are dry-farmed bushvines toiling against the elements in this rugged yet inspiring place. 2013 was a cooler vintage so freshness and brightness of fruit was preserved throughout. The other important aspect of this wine is that Eben co-fermented all of the different components together, creating a more integrated and harmonious blend. The wine combines the rich textrures of Chenin with floral notes and minerality of the other grapes. From Eben: "Sequillo comes from the Latin and means 'an arid, dry place of great purity': a very good description of the Swartland in South Africa. It is the Swartland that we strive to capture in our Sequillo wines, vintage after vintage. Our wines must reflect their soils and have a strong sense of place; and this expression of place must be unrefined and unfiltered. We strive to produce wines which are unique and honest and that rather display minerality and origin as opposed to more opulent flavours; therefore we take utmost care in the vineyards, as this is the DNA integrity which should make it through to the bottle. Our winemaking is time-honoured and traditional and we avoid the intervention of technology and mechanisation."

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2015 | Send Email
These Sequillo wines are on the top of my must-try value list. The Eben Sadie White Blend is loaded with the kind of complexity and exoticism that makes sommelier's swoon with a rich texture that even lovers of California Chardonnay will not be able to resist. This wine is snapped together with excellent acidity, and really seems to have it all. Don't miss this, it will fool you for a bottle twice the price!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2015 | Send Email
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The Chenin Blanc backbone really stands out and I love Chenin, the supple richness it provides as a canvas for the rest of the varietals. Excellent balance but still richly textured, so complex and an absolute steal. I'm buying this wine!
Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2015 | Send Email
The Sequillo white blend is unfined, unfiltered, naturally made and possessed of fantastic texture and weight. Aromas and flavors of honey, apricot, almond, honeysuckle, white peach and more resonate in this layered, full-bodied and impeccably proportioned wine. This has all the texture, complexity and acid/mineral tension of a great Vouvray but at less than half the price. Amazing quality for less than twenty bucks!
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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2015 | Send Email
At last the Sequillo wines have arrived! Eben Sadie is making some og the most exciting wines coming out of South Africa...period. This unique blend dominated by Chenin Blanc has aromas of honey, apricot, peach,stoney minerality and a nutty note. On the palate, the wine is rich with a round creamy texture that all the while is supported by good acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. This is a wine of purity and character the belies the price.

Staff Image By: Danielle Freschet | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2015 | Send Email
This fascinating South African wine is definitely a must try! Made by one of the most acclaimed vintners, Eben Sadie, it is incredibly complex yet very approachable for any palate. It has an inviting nose of orange blossom and stone fruit with an amazing richness and structure. It tastes fantastic now but I would also love to see this age!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2015 | Send Email
Sometimes hyperbole isn't enough to get your point across. "This is the BEST, ever, ever, ever, ever!" wouldn't really even do this wine justice. The quality of Eben Sadie's wines speaks for itself, but usually you'll have to pony up about $40-$60 a bottle to test out that quality for yourself. Somehow, someway, our wine buyer Ryan Woodhouse worked out a deal to bring in Sadie's Sequillo wines direct: for $19 freakin' 99!!! That's just unreal. The Sequillo white is like elegance in a bottle. It's soft and seamless, yet never lacking in acidity or minerality. I took a bottle of his T'Voetpad white (the single vineyard version of this wine) to my anniversary dinner with my wife this year. She fawned over that bottle like a school girl at a New Kids on the Block concert in 1989. Get a bottle of this wine. Get two cases. Get in while it's here. ASAP. You won't be sorry.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2015 | Send Email
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Phenomenal white wine. The nose is dominated by ripe, roasted orchard fruit, poach pears, preserved apricot and yellow peach. On the palate the wine has a rich, round palate weight, a creamy dense texture that fills the mouth, this almost has the palate feel of a rich chardonnay but without the oak flavor influence. Beyond the fruit profile there is wonderful savory lees character with with toasted grains and pie crust nuances. Underpinning all of this is a dynamic minerality from the ancient decomposed granite soils of the region. A serious multidimensional wine that is rich and crowd pleasing but also detailed, nuanced and bursting with minerality.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2015 | Send Email
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I keep thinking if Dagueneau had made a Chenin in South Africa it very well may have tasted like this. Eben Sadie has a stellar and growing reputation for spectacular wines and this is certainly proving his reputation deserved. This wine shows its Chenin Blanc so expressively and the remaining varietals seamlessly support the effort. Intense and pure fruit, a wonderful lanolin overlay and expressive minerality - wow - and at under $20 this is unbelievable. Don't wait, I can't believe these will be around for very long at all.
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- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14