After our trip to South Africa I came home slightly depressed. We have discovered and tasted amazing wine, that sadly is not available in the Netherlands. I know that we usually try to write reviews to help you, the reader, to buy wine available here. However, I need to make an exception for this Sadie Family wine. ‘ T Voetpad.
Because if you can find it, you will be rewarded with an exceptional wine, that you wont want to share! Find yourself a nice corner or a room with a view, and drink it all in with this wine.
‘T Voetpad is a white blend of Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Chenin Blanc & Muscat d’Alexandrie and is part of Eben Sadie’s old vine series, originally planted between 1900 and 1928. Other wines from the Sadie house include the Columella, Palladius and Skerpioen. The vines used to produce this wine grow in what is possibly the most isolated vineyard in the country. Not only that but the are incredibly drought resistant, growing in a valley in the Swartland, with no irrigation. The grapes for ‘T Voetpad are picked, pressed and fermented together, rather than blended, a unique and interesting technique!
‘T Voetpad is a delightful wine, and possibly one of Eben’s best. It is so deeply complex, and punchy in its flavour profile. You are likely to find citrus, hay and fennel. It is earthy yet fresh and slightly yeasty. This bottle packs a punch, but is balanced all the way through.
As we mentioned, it is not readily available in any wine store we could find – however, I do know that Sadie’s wines have been known to appear on quiet a few wine lists in Amsterdam, so keep a look out !
Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/L
Ageing Potential: 5-10 years