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Jewels of the wine world

84
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: Sadie Family Skerpioen 2017
Swartland WO
Chenin blanc, Palomino
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826590

“The 2017 Skerpioen is an equal blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino from 80-year-old unirrigated vines on pure limestone soils. It has a crisp, marine-influenced, cockle-shell-scented bouquet, veering toward Chablis in style. The palate is beautifully balanced, with a fine line of acidity, and very saline in the mouth. Walnut and a dab of ginger emerge toward the finish. Excellent.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


V 93


(90 bt)

85
Regular price: $117.00
See product page: Sadie Family Palladius 2016
Swartland WO
Chenin blanc, Grenache, Marsanne, Palomino
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826565

“The 2016 Palladius comes from 17 different vineyards and was fermented in clay amphora and concrete eggs and aged for one year, then racked and aged for an additional year in old foudres prior to bottling. It has a well-defined bouquet, quite neutral in style but blossoming with aeration to reveal hints of lanolin and melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of curry leaf and spice and orange peel. A long tail on the finish of white pepper and sage completes this wonderful Palladius.”
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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


V 93


(120 bt)

86
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: Sadie Family Skurfberg 2017
Olifants River WO
Chenin blanc
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Olifants River
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826581

“The 2017 Skurfberg is 100% Chenin Blanc from a 1.5-hectare parcel planted between 1940 and 1955 and was fermented and aged in old foudres. It has a very sophisticated bouquet of Japanese yuzu, mirabelle, a little honeysuckle and a light turpentine scent. The palate is beautifully balanced with perfect acidity, veins of stem ginger and a touch of curry leaf fanning out wonderfully on the finish, along with hints of white peach and melon. This is one of the standouts from Eben this year.”

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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2032

 

V 96


(60 bt)

87
Regular price: $46.00
See product page: Mullineux Syrah 2015
Riebeekberg WO
Syrah
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826400

“The 2015 Syrah includes two additional vineyards on granite soils after the 2014 whilst the whole bunch component is back up to 60%. It has a clean and precise bouquet with floral-tinged red berry fruit (red cherry and wild strawberry), nicely focused and developing more intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine structure, much more detail than the 2014 and I think that is down to the higher whole bunch proportion, the sense of energy flowing through on the long finish. Compared to the 2014 Syrah, I much prefer this: more freshness and complexity.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


WA 93, WS 91, V 90


(250 bt)

88
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Pofadder 2017
Swartland WO
Cinsault
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826602

“The 2017 Pofadder is pure Cinsault fermented in concrete tanks and conical foudres for 12 months. It has a clean, precise bouquet of tart red cherries, black currant leaf and a touch of chai tea. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, crisp acidity, gentle grip and a slightly brittle-textured but very penetrating, beautifully defined finish. I agree with Eben that this is one of the most elegant Pofadder I have tasted.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 95


(60 bt)

89
Regular price: $139.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Columella 2016
Swartland WO
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Tinta barroca
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13830901

“The 2016 Columella was matured for 12 months in 10% new oak and then 12 months in old foudres. There is something warm and comforting about the nose: blueberry, crushed violet, a touch of burning embers, almost a damp clay scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the Syrah not as pronounced as previous vintages (a policy pursued by Eben as he increased Grenache), and delivering gentle grip toward the slightly peppered finish and long, black-pepper-tinged aftertaste. Very impressive.”
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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


V 93


(60 bt)

90
Regular price: $70.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Soldaat 2017
Piekenierskloof WO
Grenache
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Olifants River
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826629

“The 2017 Soldaat is pure Grenache from high-altitude sandstone soils at 708 metres, one of the highest elevations for reds in the Cape. It is fermented in concrete, whole-bunch except for 10% to 15% to get the fermentation going. It has a very pure bouquet of voluminous red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, plus a touch of patisserie in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, cranberry and light earthy notes that are expressed on the finish. Very fine, though there is some reduction, so don’t hesitate to give this a decant.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 92+


(66 bt)

91
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Treinspoor 2017
Swartland WO
Tinta barroca
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826611

“The 2017 Treinspoor is pure Tinta Barocca, which Eben opined is the most exciting grape at the moment, matured for one year in foudres. It has a very well defined bouquet, almost Barolo-like, with touches of dried flowers and rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and wonderfully balanced, creating real tension from start to finish and featuring touches of bay leaf and tea leaf toward the poised but sustained finish. Superb.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 93


(90 bt)

92
Regular price: $63.00
See product page: Marchand & Burch Chardonnay 2016
Chardonnay
White wine
Australia, Australia
750 ml
SAQ code: 13761600
  • Drink now or keep 8 years following the vintage.

“The 2016 Chardonnay includes fruit from Porongurup and Mount Barker. It's still a top-flight effort, delivering subtle notes of roasted cashews and grilled white peaches, underscored by lime-like acids and supported by a medium-bodied, creamy textured and plush palate. It's a complete Burgundian package, brought to Australia courtesy of Pascal Marchand.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2024


WA 94


(180 bt)

93
Regular price: $173.00
See product page: Kaesler Shiraz Old Bastard 2013
Shiraz
Estate bottled
Red wine
Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley
750 ml
SAQ code: 13136919

“Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2013 Shiraz Old Bastard has a slowly emerging, complex nose of incense, cloves, star anise, tar, underbrush and earth, with a blackberry and blackcurrant core plus a touch of wild thyme. The big, full, opulently fruited palate delivers tons of flavour layers and wonderful structure with firm, rounded tannins and a racy acid line supporting the generous fruit through the very long finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


WA 97, WS 93


(90 bt)

94
Regular price: $57.50
See product page: Longview Vineyard The Piece Shiraz 2015
Shiraz
Red wine
Australia, South Australia, Adelaide Hills
750 ml
SAQ code: 13265315

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


(300 bt)

95
Regular price: $35.25
See product page: Wedgetail Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012
Shiraz
Red wine
Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley
750 ml
SAQ code: 13749395

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025

 

(600 bt)

96
Regular price: $302.50
See product page: Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015
Columbia Valley AVA
Cabernet sauvignon
Red wine
United States, Washington
750 ml
SAQ code: 13700356

“A powerful wine that bears the stamp of the vintage, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up aromas of minty blackcurrant liqueur, blackberries, dark chocolate and spice, framed by a lavish application of toasty new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and heady, with a generous core of ripe, liqueur-like fruit, a fine-grained chassis of tannins and a long, heavily oak-inflected finish. To hold the estate to its own high standards, after the more elegant and complete 2014, the 2015 vintage of Quilceda's flagship bottling feels a bit more overtly high-octane and marked by its time in new wood, and I don't think it will ever be as graceful. But it's a lusty, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon that will drink well for a decade or more.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 96, V 96, JS 96


(144 bt)

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