2013 Sadie Family "Columella" Swartland Red Regional Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Columella is matured for ten months in cask with 10% new oak, and then another ten months in foudres; Eben believes this slows down the maturation. It has a very complex bouquet, mercurial on the nose, and bestowed with wild strawberry and cranberry scents, incense and a hint of marmalade that is beautifully detailed. The palate is medium-bodied, extremely refined and mineral-laden, symmetrical and standing on tip-toes on the finish -- something that this label could not do when Eben started. It is compact at the moment, but it will turn into an astonishing Swartland wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(just 10% new oak, all Taransaud's top-of-the-line T5s): Good dark red. Black and red berries, menthol and wild herbs on the cool, reserved nose. Superconcentrated and bone-dry, but with lovely fruit sweetness and sappy spice character. Still tightly coiled and youthfully understated. Finishes very long and perfumed, with an amazingly light touch. I would expect this very young wine to merit an even higher score four or five years down the road.
Eben's top red blend. A single vintage "panaoramic" view of the Swartland stitched together from componnets selected from his most "radical" sites.