2014 Sadie Family "Palladius" Swartland White Regional Blend

SKU #1281784 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Palladius, which was matured in 30% foudres that have been eschewed for subsequent vintages, has a refined bouquet with light petrol-like scents infusing the stone fruit aromas (peach skin and nectarine). The palate is medium-bodied with a slight viscous entry, the acidity very well pitched with a generous, caressing, lightly honeyed finish. Enjoy this over the next 4-5 years. (NM)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

This blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier starts with hand harvest and hand sorting into small boxes. Fermentation takes about three weeks at a controlled temperature of 24°C. The grapes are then pressed in a traditional basket press and the juice is aged for 24 months on the lees - which is an increase from the 16-18 months the winery was doing previous to the 2011 vintage. The winery believes that "(t)he additional 6 months of ageing just meant higher levels of stability and clarity without the sacrifice of any of the other qualities and the character of the wine."

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