David has what it takes to put Lemberg on the map and really make it one of the gems in Tulbagh.
I grew up in the Swartland and studied Oenology and Viticulture at the
In my final year of studies (2006) a harvest at Waterford Wine Estate in Stellenbosch set the standard for quality and the focus on detail in my career. A follow up harvest after graduation was the obvious choice. Directly after the South African harvest in 2007, I went to
I joined Lemberg Wine Estate in the 2011 harvest as Winemaker and Viticulturist and also to assist with Marketing.
Why did you become a Winemaker? To farm, to grow, to harvest, to make, to age, to bottle and to taste crafted wines.
Any favourite Grape Variety you work with or something you really want to work with? Chenin blanc, Viognier, Pinotage,
, Grenache Noir. I would really like to work more with
What time of year is most special to you…working with the grapes when they come in during harvest or tasting/blending the wines when you feel it’s ready to be bottled? All year long, I’m just very impatient to get from harvest to bottling and eventually the wine in the market.
Every Winemaker in
Mmm…modesty first for me, balanced!! I don’t do a lot of small talk, so it is great to hear people appreciating the wines as we indented the wines to be. Basically, the honesty and freshness. Difficult question: In short, that people appreciate our wines for the way it was produced; natural, honest and fresh.
Lemberg Estate is much older than people think, but can be seen as a new entrant to the market. What excites you most about this position?Well, there are older South African wine drinkers that still know Lemberg for what it was and I think it is important to bring them something sentimental and classic about Lemberg, hence the replanting of Hárslevelű on the farm. As for Lemberg as a new entrant and thus brand in general
The Estate is planted with about 9ha of vineyards and will never be a big volume producer, but do you see this as a positive or negative?
This year (2012) will be your second one as Winemaker here at Lemberg Estate. Looking at the vineyards and where we are now before harvest, what are your predictions for Vintage 2012?I predict a slightly later vintage than the previous one. Overall quality and yields are good, grapes healthy and I think it might be a smaller and more concentrated harvest.
What would people NOT know about David Sadie? Passion outside winemaking, hobbies etc etc. My biggest dream ever was to play professional rugby, but due to a neck injury in 2005, this dream was shattered. This year I would like to do more kayaking and take up mountain biking as I love the adventure. Currently I am reading Around Africa on my bicycle by Riaan Manser which inspires me to greater heights. I do timber-work from time to time.
What do you think the SA Industry should focus on more to grow our market share on the International stage. Something that you think is very unique to our Industry?I believe that if we stand together as region, showcasing and marketing our wines together, everyone will benefit. I also believe that we should stop the negativity within our own industry and rather be humble and work together.
If you have the opportunity to visit the
you must be sure
to book a tasting with David. Lemberg Estate is open for tastings and most
importantly also on Sundays! Tulbagh is a very popular destination for Weddings
so now you know what to do before the ceremony starts J and I am talking about you
as a guest not bride or groom!! Tulbagh