Sadie Family Wines – led by Cape wine icon Eben Sadie – farm their estate organically and leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of ever-greater organic wines. Their accolade of ‘Winery Of The Year’ from Platter’s South African Wine Guide comes as no surprise and the five stars awarded to the Columella is well deserved.
Columella is named after Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, author of ‘De Rustica’ (On Country Matters), the most comprehensive account of Roman viticulture that dates back over 2000 years.
Captivating, with a stunning array of raspberry, blackberry and loganberry fruit, unmatched richness and finesse balanced with acidity and a bright minerality. Finely grained tannins with a long velvety finish.
“The 2015 Columella is in many ways the coming together of an array of elements and a strong expression of our quest to produce a wine that will be as true to the region as possible, rather than one that expresses personal preferences.
This wine is a bit more inverted and austere and deeply earthed; and it speaks more of this place. The wine is “grounded” and it is only after a while in the glass that the perfume flavours with an underlying dark graphite edge start to take over the initial, very earthy flavours. The tannins of the wine are tightly coiled up and the wine honestly just needs time and patience. Columella 2015 has a very good overall equilibrium and good acidity.
From the 2010 harvest onwards the Columella wines need more time in their youth, or else decantation for at least 2 hours if opened prior to 5 years of age.”
REVIEWS & AWARDS
“When I tasted the eight components of this wine from barrel, I thought it was one of the greatest Cape reds I’d ever tried. Now it’s in bottle, I’m not changing my mind: violets, plums, liquorice and very fine savoury tannins.” – Tim Atkin – Decanter Magazine, January 2010