Eben Sadie started his winemaking career working for Charles Back’s Spice Route – labelled wines before breaking off on his own in 1999. Over the past decade he has acquired the reputation as the most innovative, even anarchic winemaker in South Africa.
He is a great believer in blends, rather than single varietal wines, and in terroir. Sadie eschews what he regards as the obsession in South Africa to plant French varietals and instead sees Mediterranean vines as the most suited to the Swartland region which is where he has established his winery. He is scathing of the bureaucracy within the South African wine authorities which prevent him from planting Spanish, Italian or Portuguese varietals.
Nevertheless, despite chafing against such restrictions, Sadie has carved out an enviable reputation with wines made from French grape varietals, but it is the terroirs from which he draws his raw materials which excite him most. He thinks nothing of co-planting different varietals in the same soil, and believes that the influence of oceans, of which the Cape has two in close proximity, should lead South African winemakers to create blends for complexity rather than to rely on making single-varietal wine.
- Winemaker: Eben Sadie
- Viticulturist: Eben Sadie
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Last updated 16 May 2016. Report an error.