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Sadie Family, Columella 2016

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Please note, only 3 bottles per customer.

'“I’m not scared of time,” says Eben Sadie, “because if you are, you’re afraid of structure in your wines.” This Columella bears him out. Blending Syrah with smaller amounts of Mourvèdre, Tinta Barocca, Cinsaut and Grenache, it’s not a particularly powerful wine at 13.5% but has incredible focus and energy, with a backbone of sinewy tannins, plenty of texture and a lot more to give in bottle. 2024-35.' – Tim Atkin, SA Special Report 2018, 97/100

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 was matured for 12 months in 10% new oak and then 12 months in old foudres. There is something warm and comforting about the nose: blueberry, crushed violet, a touch of burning embers, almost a damp clay scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, the Syrah not as pronounced as previous vintages (a policy pursued by Eben as he increased Grenache), and delivering gentle grip toward the slightly peppered finish and long, black-pepper-tinged aftertaste. Very impressive.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'Columella 2016, as made by Eben Sadie and Paul Jordaan, has the lowest level yet of Syrah, this variety down to 48% and the rest of the blend consisting of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca and Carignan, Sadie saying of Syrah that he increasingly considers it a variety that lacks some depth and complexity. “It makes wines which are either peppery and spicy or spicy and peppery,” he quips. Aromatically, the 2016 has more base than top notes – dark fruit, black olive, scrub, earth and spice. It makes a massive impression in the mouth – great depth of fruit, driving acidity and firm but fine tannins combine to quite stark effect. It’s, not a weighty wine, however, the alcohol at 13.7% the lowest since the maiden vintage 2000. It’s a pretty hardcore drinking experience right now and should probably only really be broached five or so years down the line.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'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.

'“I’m not scared of time,” says Eben Sadie, “because if you are, you’re afraid of structure in your wines.” This Columella bears him out. Blending Syrah with smaller amounts of Mourvèdre, Tinta Barocca, Cinsaut and Grenache, it’s not a particularly powerful wine at 13.5% but has incredible focus and energy, with a backbone of sinewy tannins, plenty of texture and a lot more to give in bottle. 2024-35.' – Tim Atkin, SA Special Report 2018, 97/100

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 was matured for 12 months in 10% new oak and then 12 months in old foudres. There is something warm and comforting about the nose: blueberry, crushed violet, a touch of burning embers, almost a damp clay scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, the Syrah not as pronounced as previous vintages (a policy pursued by Eben as he increased Grenache), and delivering gentle grip toward the slightly peppered finish and long, black-pepper-tinged aftertaste. Very impressive.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'Columella 2016, as made by Eben Sadie and Paul Jordaan, has the lowest level yet of Syrah, this variety down to 48% and the rest of the blend consisting of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca and Carignan, Sadie saying of Syrah that he increasingly considers it a variety that lacks some depth and complexity. “It makes wines which are either peppery and spicy or spicy and peppery,” he quips. Aromatically, the 2016 has more base than top notes – dark fruit, black olive, scrub, earth and spice. It makes a massive impression in the mouth – great depth of fruit, driving acidity and firm but fine tannins combine to quite stark effect. It’s, not a weighty wine, however, the alcohol at 13.7% the lowest since the maiden vintage 2000. It’s a pretty hardcore drinking experience right now and should probably only really be broached five or so years down the line.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'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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