Young Guns and New Wave Producers

Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

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ZAR 7 035
Lot 100
  • Sadie Family; Pofadder; 2018; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 500 - 7 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 7 035

About this Item

Pofadder, 2018
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Eben Sadie is South Africa’s most revered winemaker and he arguably kick-started the local fine wine revolution. Over two decades his pursuit for quality in the Swartland has been unparalleled in South Africa and he was voted Winemaker of the Year in 2017 by the International Master of Wine Institute. Eben’s wines were influenced by the Rhône and Spain, with traditional local varieties sourced from pockets of old bush vines and unique terroirs. Long-ageing Columella is often regarded as South Africa’s best red, while Palladius similarly offers an incredible Swartland expression and decades of longevity. The old vine single vineyard series, which was first released in the 2009 vintage, is now firmly the most sought-after release of the year. Mev Kirsten is South Africa’s rarest white wine, produced from a century old Stellenbosch vineyard, while the now legendary Skurfberg received 100 points from Tim Atkin in 2020.

Critics Ratings

‘The 2018 Pofadder in Eben Sadie’s Cinsault from Swartland. This is complex and intellectual, yet utterly compelling, with beautifully detailed brambly red berry fruit, fennel, thyme and fynbos scents that blossom with aeration. The very detailed palate displays filigreed tannins, incredible focus and arresting purity through to the lightly spiced finish. This is one of the best from Sadie this vintage.’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 96/100 (Oct 2019)

‘Dry farmed on the schist soils of the Kasteelberg, this is the latest in a run of superb Cinsaults from Eben Sadie. The vines are between 40 and 50 years' old, producing a delicate yet energetic and intense wine with some whole bunch spices and structure, raspberry and red cherry fruit and lacy, detailed tannins. 2020-26’ - Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 94/100

‘Named for shape of Riebeek Mountain origin of old cinsaut vines; this the most challenging wine here, Eben Sadie says. More so in 2018 drought. Gently perfumed, light & fresh but not without gravitas in its wild berry, scrub fruit. Youthfully austere, grippy but may be ready earlier than usual.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2020, 4.5* (91/100)

‘From Swartland Cinsault. Again nothing overt and again a touch of reduction before plum and cherry on the nose. The palate is plump and juicy with lemon-like acidity and soft tannins.’ – Christian Eedes,, 91/100 (Jul 2019)

‘The 2018 Old Vine Series Pofadder begins with a lighter floral expression with tart red fruits, with a tightly knit firm rocky core. On the palate, the wine is tightly structured with rigidity and rusticity, showing a serious wine, with flavors of cranberry and cherries skin that grip the tongue. Medium-bodied and with bright acidity, the red-fruited finish lingers long with taut mineral tension. For a lighter wine, it is cellar-worthy and incredibly food-friendly.’ - Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, 91/100 (Oct 2019)


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