'Our wines were too ripe' - Eben Sadie
16 May 2014 by Jancis Robinson
South Africa's most admired young(ish) wine producer was in London recently, as usual in reflective mood (followed, apparently, by party mode). Almost as soon as I sat down to taste some of his wines before a dinner he was hosting at the Guildhall Hawksmoor, he swung into a particularly frank and illuminating recent history of South African winemaking. 'We now have this big, shared notion: everyone is going for freshness and acidity. Quite a contrast from the early 2000s when everyone was trying so hard to get high scores on the 100-point scale. I was just young then. But I have to say that my 2004 tastes so much better...

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