From Eben: In 2018, we picked the Cinsault grapes in the Pofadder vineyard quite early on the account of the drought, but in 2019, the vineyard looked much more buffered against the drought and we picked riper, closer to the ripening average we have come to in the past. The wine immediately responded by just having a more complex dynamic. The aromas of the 2019 Pofadder are some of the most perfumed to date and the aromatic design is more complex and not just running on a singular red fruit line. The mouthfeel is in greater equilibrium than ever before. The 2019 is quite open and will require less cellaring than 2018 and 2017.
A founding member of the Swartland Revolution, along with Adi Badenhorst, Chris & Andrea Mullineux and Callie Louw, this is the man at the very heart of Swartland's old-vine story, the sine qua non of the South African New Wave. It's a significant day at Swig HQ when Eben's wines arrive. We like to ogle them, to fondle them, to sing adoring pop ballads in their general direction. We don't give ourselves a hard time about it - people always act in a silly way in the presence of greatness, and trust us, we're not the only ones.
FROM THE PRESS
“The 2019 Pofadder contains 80% whole-cluster Cinsault matured in used foudre. It has an extremely well-defined bouquet of pine cones and mint-infused red fruit. The palate is well balanced with good grip on the entry, a mixture of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit leading to an herbal finish that just needs a little more grip and density. Still, this is an excellent OVS from Sadie.”Neal Martin, Vinous