Over the past 5 years Palladius has been the wine that gained most in quality and refinement and much of this has to do with the addition of more vineyards and the improvement of their viticulture. There is always room for improvement but currently of all our wines the Palladius, with 17 vineyards, obviously represents the biggest canvas of the Swartland.
The 2018 wine is a seamless entity with a slightly higher acidity than in 2017 and 2016, but much more layered and the overall polarity in the wine has increased. Tasting this for the annual review and for our records, we were reminded that a great white wine surpasses all “classifications” of wine. This one is seriously packed and dense at 13.5% alcohol with an acidity that beams at you. Hands off for a while!
“Space prevents me from listing all of them, but this remarkable Swartland white is made from 11 different varietals, including Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Verdelho, Palomino, Marsanne and Rousanne, spread across 17 different sites. Peach, pear and lime flavours are beautifully melded on this more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts white, with gentle oak spice and a thread of acidity that runs through the wine like a cool underground stream. Drink 2022-29”
Tim Atkin, 97 points.