It was obvious even from the maiden 2000 vintage of Columella that here was an ambitious wine with a difference. Eben Sadie’s sensitively sculpted Rhone-style blend of Syrah with a dash of Mourvedre has put Swartland, its region of origin, on the map. And not without good reason.
Looking back over a decade of Columella (reported in detail here), Sadie has crafted a thrillingly refined wine which he intends yet further to refine over the next decade. Earlier harvesting, less new oak and, most recently, an element of whole bunch fermentation, have paid dividends and sign post the way ahead.
My favourites? Be very happy if you have some 2001 or 2004 in your cellar and watch out for the 2008! But honestly, there was a lot to like here full stop.