The Wines Of Eben Sadie

Eben Sadie is considered a maverick and visionary in South Africa. After discovering a rich assortment of ancient and abandoned vines on the far west coast of the Cape; vines that were planted during the early experimental stage of South Africa’s wine history; he proceeded to resuscitate these vines and start producing miniscule quantities of extraordinary and distinctive wines. From the outset these wines were met with universal praise so we’re excited to be able to offer them for you to try ...


601 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “T – Voetpad”. Swartland, South Africa. 2015
“A blend of Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Chenin Blanc, Palomino and Muscat, the 2015 Old Vine Series T Voetpad has a strict, linear bouquet that needed the most encouragement from the glass out of all Eben's 2015s. The palate is beautifully balanced and packed full of flavor: orange rind, bitter lemon, sea salt, lanolin and a touch of hazelnut, fanning out beautifully towards the finish that demonstrates superb vigor. This is a blistering follow-up to the 2014 and two minutes after the wine has departed, you can still feel the mouth tingling with salinity.”
97/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
602 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Kokerboem”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
“A blend of Semillon Blanc and Semillon Gris planted in the early 1900s, the 2014 Kokerboom has a very subtle bouquet, extremely nuanced with lanolin, beeswax, dried apricot and just a touch of brioche. The palate is very well balanced, slightly candied on the entry with dried orange peel and dried quince. There is a lovely texture here, just a mote of waxiness with a finish that is reposed and effortless.”
94+/100 Robert Parker’s TWA
604 – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Skurfberg”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
“From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg gradually unfurls with dried honey, honeysuckle, broom and hazelnut scents, just a touch of yeastiness underneath. It has wonderful delineation and complexity. The palate is extremely well balanced with enthralling poise and race, freshly sliced pear and red apple interlaced with five-spice towards the long finish.”
95/100 TWA
603 – Sadie Family Wines “Palladius”. Swartland, South Africa. 2013 (Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc/Clairette/Viognier/Verdelho/Roussanne/Semillon/Palomino)
“Bright, light yellow. Outstanding aromatic purity and nuance to the pungent aromas of orange blossom, minerals, clove and mint. Highly concentrated yellow fruit flavors are perfectly framed and carried by harmonious ripe acidity. This wonderfully silky white blend really expands to fill the mouth, without any loss of precision. Finishes with great rising length.”
95/100 Vinous


405 f – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Poffader”. Swartland, South Africa. 2014
“From 48-year-old vine Cinsault grown on slate soils, the 2014 Old Vine Pofadder has an extremely pure bouquet with touches of pressed flowers infusing the fresh strawberry and redcurrant fruit. With aeration, there is an intriguing incense/potpourri note. The palate is taut and crisp, brimming over with tension and extremely focused lending the chalky-textured finish fine symmetry. It might sound odd, but it tastes fabulous.”
93/100 TWA
406 f – Sadie Family Old Vine Series “Soldaat”. Swartland, South Africa. 2015
“The 2015 Old Vine Series Soldaat is one of the few labels from Eben that is still 100% whole bunch, aged in concrete only. It has a brambly red berry fruit, a slight granitic note overlayed by wilted rose petal. The palate is very fresh and vibrant on the entry, perhaps a little more body and density than previous vintages that I have tasted, with immense purity and varietal expression on the finish. This is excellent and a very strong follow-up to the 2014.”
94/100 TWA
408 f – Sadie Family Wines “Columella”. Swartland, South Africa. 2012
“The 2012 Columella is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache from the Swartland and Paardeberg area. It has a very well-defined bouquet that repays time in the glass: wild strawberry and bilberry, cloves and white pepper, distant sea spray scents. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, crisp acidity, superb backbone and real “authority” on the finish. One of those wines that will instantly change anyone who does not take South African wine seriously.”
96/100 TWA

The Naturals

The natural wine movement, using the tools of organics and Rudolph Steiners principles of biodynamics, has become a force to be reckoned with in the last several years. As controversial as some of these wines are we love them for their honesty, energy and vibrancy. They have diverse personalities full of emotion - there is a tension to these wines that makes them feel alive. Here are a few of the best that we love, and hope you do too…

All wines are listed from lightest to fullest


116 – Gut Oggau “Theodora”, Pet’Nat GRUNER/WELSCHRIESLING. Burgenland, Austria. 2015
106 – Julien Courtois “Originel”, MENU PINEAU/ROMORANTIN. Loire, France. 2016
128 – Partida Creus “Vinel-Lo Blanco”, GARNATXA/MACABEO/etc…. Catalunya, Spain. 2015
114 – Alfredo Maestro “Lovamor”, ALBILLO. Castilla Y Leon, Spain. 2016
144 – Gut Oggau “Weiss”, GRUNER/WEISS/GEWURZ/RIESLING. Burgenland, Austria. 2016


275 f – Ruth Lewandowski “Feints”, DOLCETTO/BARBERA/ARNEIS. Mendocino, USA. 2017
276 f – Julien Courtois “Ancestral”, GAMAY/GASCON/COT. Loire, France. 2016
250 f – JP Robinot L’Ange Vin “Lumiere des Sens”, PINEAU d’AUNIS. Loire, France. 2013
241 s – Alexandre Jouveaux “L’Orme”, PINOT NOIR/GAMAY. Burgundy, France. 2014
246 f – Jean-Yves Peron “Cote Pelee”, MONDEUSE. Savoie, France. 2012
265 f – JP Robinot L’Ange Vin “Nocturne”, PINEAU d’AUNIS. Loire, France. 2013
274 f – Franz Strohmeier TLZ No.6, ZWEIGELT/BLAUER WILDBACHER. Styria, Austria. 2015
272 f – Sepp Muster “Graf”, ZWEIGELT. Styria, Austria. 2015
273 f – Tschida “Kapitel 1”, ZWEIGELT/CAB FRANC. Burgenland, Austria. 2015
243 f – Clos Saron “Cuvee Mysterieuse”, SYRAH/MERLOT. Sierra Foothills, California, USA. 2009

this menu was updated April 17th, 2018