Name: The Sadie Family 'Columella' Red
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Producer: The Sadie Family Wines
Varietal: Red Blend
Wine Advocate Review: 96 points
"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."
Vinous Review: 92+ points
"Good dark red. Black and red berries, menthol adn 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 tough. I would expect this very young wine to merit an even higher score four or five years down the road."