2013 Sadie Family "Columella" Swartland Red Regional Blend

SKU #1224685 96 points 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.  (12/2015)

92 points 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.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Eben's top red blend. A single vintage "panaoramic" view of the Swartland stitched together from componnets selected from his most "radical" sites.

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