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Columella

Sadie Family, Columella 2016

R865

24 in stock

Notes

Please note, only 3 bottles per customer.

By now, the Sadie Family needs no introduction. Their range includes cutting-edge examples of our most characterful wines – wines that have revolutionised the South African landscape and inspired a whole generation of winemakers. They aim to make the most honest wines possible, to focus and to constantly improve their vineyards and, in turn, raise the quality of their grapes and better their wines.

The drought conditions continue to decimate the vineyards so volumes are again down by 30 – 60% with virtually no Kokerboom and T’Voetpad available this year. As in the past, the Mev. Kirsten is still extremely limited.

'Our Signature Red, the Columella, is aged for 1 year longer in cask and tank prior to bottling, thus being a 2016 vintage and a wine with immense promise. This Columella has a much deeper colour and concentration and is still very compact and in need of obvious ageing, but it is already showing great complexity in that the aromatics are not a singular line, but the coming together of many aspects. The aromas are a combination of bright fresh red fruits which then pass over to the riper black stone fruit. The wine is also very earthy and seems to live on a bed of freshly ploughed earth – and then there is the appearance of much darker graphite aromatics as well. The texture is still super compact and needs time: it is the result of 12 months ageing in barrels (8% new) and thereafter an additional 12 months in old, big oval casks. We bottle directly from the cask and the philosophy is to have minimum impact on the character of the grapes and rather just have the fruit express itself.' – Eben Sadie

Tasting notes:
'The 2016 Columella has less Syrah than previous vintages and will need a good amount of time in bottle to show its true potential. It is a classic release – a touch darker than the 2015 but showing the continuously refined elegance of recent releases. There is 48% Syrah in the 2016 – the lowest level yet with the idea, going forward, that it will play less of a starring role and allow for a more complex blend. The 2016 is a shade darker than the elegant 2015 – wonderfully fresh and pure when we tasted it in June. The nose is broad with gentle hints of darker fruit, hints of oak follows to a rich layered palate. The wine is both dark and brooding yet still fresh. This is classic Columella and requires at least 5 – 8 years for maturation before drinking.' – James Pietersen
Please note, only 3 bottles per customer.

By now, the Sadie Family needs no introduction. Their range includes cutting-edge examples of our most characterful wines – wines that have revolutionised the South African landscape and inspired a whole generation of winemakers. They aim to make the most honest wines possible, to focus and to constantly improve their vineyards and, in turn, raise the quality of their grapes and better their wines.

The drought conditions continue to decimate the vineyards so volumes are again down by 30 – 60% with virtually no Kokerboom and T’Voetpad available this year. As in the past, the Mev. Kirsten is still extremely limited.

'Our Signature Red, the Columella, is aged for 1 year longer in cask and tank prior to bottling, thus being a 2016 vintage and a wine with immense promise. This Columella has a much deeper colour and concentration and is still very compact and in need of obvious ageing, but it is already showing great complexity in that the aromatics are not a singular line, but the coming together of many aspects. The aromas are a combination of bright fresh red fruits which then pass over to the riper black stone fruit. The wine is also very earthy and seems to live on a bed of freshly ploughed earth – and then there is the appearance of much darker graphite aromatics as well. The texture is still super compact and needs time: it is the result of 12 months ageing in barrels (8% new) and thereafter an additional 12 months in old, big oval casks. We bottle directly from the cask and the philosophy is to have minimum impact on the character of the grapes and rather just have the fruit express itself.' – Eben Sadie

Tasting notes:
'The 2016 Columella has less Syrah than previous vintages and will need a good amount of time in bottle to show its true potential. It is a classic release – a touch darker than the 2015 but showing the continuously refined elegance of recent releases. There is 48% Syrah in the 2016 – the lowest level yet with the idea, going forward, that it will play less of a starring role and allow for a more complex blend. The 2016 is a shade darker than the elegant 2015 – wonderfully fresh and pure when we tasted it in June. The nose is broad with gentle hints of darker fruit, hints of oak follows to a rich layered palate. The wine is both dark and brooding yet still fresh. This is classic Columella and requires at least 5 – 8 years for maturation before drinking.' – James Pietersen
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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Red

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