Palladius is Eben Sadie's top white blend and for him it doesn't tell the story of a single site but the story of Africa, a coming together of differences to create something utterly unique in the world.
Grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted, basked pressed and run off to a combination of old oak founders, concrete eggs and clay amphorae. Fermentation is spontaneous with no additives and the wine spends around 2 years in situ before blending and bottling. It is unfined and unfiltered.
The 2014 vintage is unique in that full ripeness could be gradually achieved without sacrificing acidity, so the whites of this vintage are some of the most thrilling he has made. It also includes Colombard for the first time
The wine’s aromatics have so many different aspects; in contrast to the 2013 it has less obvious tropical flavours a strong vein of limey fruit and a salty mid-palate. The fruit is firmly held in the grip of tension, with flavours in perfect balance, slightly spicy and perfumed. We think the 2014 is a good as any prior bottlings of Palladius.