2018 Columella - Sadie Family Wines
|€ 357,00 (€ 431,97)|
De grote droogte kon Columella 2018 niet kortwieken. Het fruit is het somberste ooit. Met minder Syrah komen Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan en Tinta Barocca beter tot hun recht; nooit eerder bezat Columella zoveel Mourvèdre. Deze grandioze (bewaar)wijn toont temperament en volstaat aan zichzelf: een ernstige wijncollectie is onvolledig zonder Columella. 13,5% vol.
VOLGENS EBEN SADIE
The 2018 vintage of Columella is testimony to the bigger dynamics a regional blend has access to: the challenges brought about by the drought were completely addressed in this multi-vineyard, multi-varietal wine from across the Swartland. This may be the darkest fruit we have ever been able to capture at 13.5% alcohol and with the presence of Syrah in decline in the final blend, the influence of Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan and Tinta Barocca is more pronounced. Our Mourvèdre component is the strongest it has ever been.
This 2018 bottling is a wine with a big temperament: explosive, but not excessive. It is like a plane with perfect aerodynamics, flying effortlessly; very much in line with the 2001, 2008 and 2011. Ageing required.
IN DE PERS
95 Neal Martin - vinous.com (April 2021)
The 2018 Columella was 50% destemmed, spent six weeks on the skins and was matured with 10% new oak. It has a very precise and extremely focused bouquet of blackberry and bilberry fruit, crushed stone and wilted rose petals, conveying wonderful energy and elegance. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, plenty of red fruit tinged with dried orange peel, cedar and hints of espresso, and a very persistent, structured finish that leaves black pepper on the aftertaste. Drink 2023-2042.
97 Christian Eedes - winemag.co.za
The 2018 vintage of Columella is simply scintillating. A multi-vineyard, multi-varietal wine, the presence of Syrah is now down to approximately 45% while the other components are Carignan, Cinsault, Grenach, Mourvedre and Tinta Barocca, the idea being that all the grapes of the district should be represented. The nose is very expressive with notes of lavender, pomegranate, red cherry, raspberry and blackberry, olive, earth and spice while the palate has great density of fruit without sacrificing energy – pure, fresh and nicely grippy on the finish. And to think that this was achieved with the drought wearing on and on.
95 Anthony Mueller - robertparker.com (Februari 2021)
Deep ruby at the core with a pale ruby edge, the 2018 Columella explodes from the glass with high-toned, dark red fruit aromas of black raspberry, dusty plum and dark cherry skin in the glass, with an alluring essence of dust-blown red flowers and a kiss of baking spices layered through the nose. Medium-bodied and bursting with flavor, the 13.5% alcohol wine shows impeccable balance, succulent acidity and lifting tannins, making way for a delightful mineral tension sensation across the mid-palate. The wine somersaults in the mouth, revealing new layers of black olive and dusty black cherry skin before concluding with a long, evolving finish marked by a dusty, red-berried essence that begs me back for more. This is a wine where, once you have a sip, you can’t help being seduced by its intoxicating aromas that will leave your head spinning. Another stunningly brilliant vintage of Columella. Bravo! Drink 2023-2042.
im James - winemag.co.za (Augustus 2020)
Syrah continues to decline as a percentage of the increasingly populous blend, designed to express the whole Swartland rather than, as with the Ouwingerdreeks wines, an individual vineyard. There’s a mix of bright red fruit and darker, with the aromas as yet less forthcoming than broad and suggestive. In some ways it seems “bigger” and more imposing than its 13.5% alcohol would indicate, but that’s partly because the chalky tannic structure is more powerful than it has been in recent years, and the acidity is high but still needing to integrate. Plenty of fruit lingering on the long finish. The wine needs many years to harmonise and fulfil its promise.
Sadie Family Wines
Winery of the Year - Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2015
The Swartland Independent Producers veranderen Zuid Afrika als wijnland. Hun pionier is één van de beste wijnmakers ter wereld (en een ervaren surfer) genaamd Eben Sadie. Hij wordt vereerd als National Treasure en gamechanger. Hij ontgint wonderlijke terroirs, herstelt verwaarloosde bushvines en leidt de avant-garde in doordachte wijnbouw en vinificatie. Zijn Columella en Palladius zijn de eerste Afrikaanse Grands Vins. Daarnaast biedt zijn iconische “Ouwingerdreeks” kleine loten eigenzinnige bewaarwijnen uit specifieke climats. Appreciëer deze boeiende en betekenisvolle wijnen zolang de voorraad strekt.
2017 Winemakers' Winemaker Award, Institute of Masters of Wine
Jane Masters MW, chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine - Eben’s determined search to produce outstanding wines has put Swartland and South Africa on the map. I am delighted that the Master of Wine Winemakers have rewarded his dedication and talent – it’s truly well deserved.