2020 The Sadie Family 'Columella' Red Blend Swartland
Winemaker Notes: The fruit of the various sites is now perfectly knit together. The 2020 Columella displays significantly lifted bright red crushed fruit and darker blueberry aromas. Finish is powder dry with even more refined tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "From the first sniff, the 2020 Columella is an instant champion that is pointing and swinging for the fence. With its fresh frame of fruit and expertly layered oaky essences, the wine is incredibly complex as it bursts from the glass with precision and finesse. Medium-bodied and with 13.5% alcohol, the Columella somersaults into a phantasmagoria of bright crunchy red fruit flavors and seductive floral essences that makes my head spin. Collectors will take note and add a couple of bottles of this to their cellar. It’s an absolutely stellar bottling that will age gracefully for decades."
James Suckling - "Complex and deep aromas of blueberries, crushed plums, blackberries, cloves and black pepper. Medium- to full-bodied with juicy, fruit-soaked tannins. Finely texture with wonderful depth and intensity. Succulent and vibrant on the palate with great length and ever evolving savory complexity. Terrific. A bit tense right now but will relax with time. Best after 2025."
Wine Spectator - "A well-spiced, harmonious red, fragrant and finely knit, with subtle, brambly character to the ripe raspberry and cherry fruit, accents of chopped marjoram, wild sage and fresh, loamy earth. Reveals integrated tannins that are lightly chalky and fine, with a long, juicy finish that echoes the ripe fruit alongside notes of spiced orange peel, iron and smoke. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Tinta Barocca."
Wine & Spirits - "This wine, a blend of syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault and tinta barroca, combines fruit from ten sites, mostly from the Paardeberg and Kasteelberg. After completing fermentation, it ages for a year in French oak (only five percent new), then spends an additional year in foudres. Inky-dark, this wine shows its considerable complexity from start to finish, with thyme-scented blackberry aromas translating into plummy power on the palate. Its drying tannins and deep flavors seem to exist weightlessly over its frame—purity in silky power."