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Columella 2010

The shiz niz.

Earlier today the pre-release tasting of  the new vintages of The Sadie Family Wines (on-sale date: 2 July). Tasting notes and scores below:

Columella 2010: 19/20
Case price: R3522.60 (6x750ml unless otherwise specified)
80% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 3% Grenache. Black, purple rim. Wonderfully expressive nose showing red and black berries, fynbos and lilies. Great fruit purity, scintillating line of acidity and ever so fine tannins, making for a wine of great poise. Haunting rather than forceful finish. Perfectly conceived – serious and age-worthy. Entirely captivating to drink and sets a new benchmark for SA red.

Palladius 2010: 17/20
Case price: R2559.54
Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Semillon, Palomino and “some lesser grapes”… Pale straw yellow. Very rich and ripe with a pleasant oxidative note. Huge flavour intensity – citrus, yellow fruit, spice. Tangy acidity, slightly hot finish (14.35% abv). Has a noble rusticitiy about it and hence disarming.

Die Ouwingerdreeks
Skurfberg 2011: 17.5/20
Case price: R1022.58
Chenin Blanc. Pale yellow, clear and bright. Shy nose and a very tight palate. Faint peach and peach kernel flavours, vibrant acidit, savoury finish. Austere and demanding.

Skerpioen 2011: 16/20
Case price: R1022.58
55% Palomino, 45% Chenin Blanc. Pale yellow, green tinge. Ripe yellow fruit and hint of spice on nose and palate. Rich and broad with relatively soft acidity. Pleasant oxidative note. Open and appealing but ultimately lacks depth.

Kokerboom 2011: 16/20
Case price: R1244.88
Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris Pale yellow, clear and bright. Slightly reductive on the nose. Palate has vague but entirely pleasant sense of green-ness, soft acidity and a savoury finish. Difficult to understand and far from the mainstream.

‘T Voetpad 2011: 18/20
Case price: R1244.88
Semillon Blanc, Semillon Girs, Palomino, Chenin Blanc and Muscat d’Alexandrie. Very pale yellow. Opulent and voluptuous and wonderfully expressive. Juicy and fresh with layers of flavour – green through yellow through tropical fruit. Soft but sufficient acidty ensures the wine remains in balance.

Mev. Kirsten 2011: 18/20
Case price: R4001.40
Chenin Blanc. Straw yellow. Ripe yellow fruit and spice on the nose and palate. Pleasant oxidative note. Massive concentration offset by a great line of acidity. Powerful but perfectly proportioned. Long, saline finish.

Pofadder 2011: 16.5/20
Case price: R1111.50
Cinsaut. Bright purple, blue tinge. Very expressive on nose and palate with notes of red cherry and strawberry. Bursting with fruit. Medium bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins. Very sexy.

Soldaat 2011: 17/20
Case price: R1244.88
Grenache Noir. Cherry red, clear and bright. Very expressive with notes of ted fruit, spice and slight meatiness. Has a weightless intensity about it. Medium bodied, bright acidity, very fine tannins. Long, dry finish.

Treinspoor 2011: 15.5/20
Case price: R1022.58
Tinta Barocca. Dark purple, pale rim. Ripe dark fruit on the nose and palate. Fresh acidity and very firm tannins – austere and ungiving.

Eselshoek 2011: 16/20
Bottle price: R481.65 (375ml)
Muscat d’Alexandrie. Deep amber. Candied orange and a nutty note on nose and palate. Hugely intense but also bright acidity and hence well balance. Not particularly nuanced.

Comments

  1. Shane Gordon says:

    I have just held a tasting for The Confrairie de St Vincent International showcasing a representative sample of what I considered wines reflecting the Swartland terroir. The wines tasted were: Adi Badenhorsts’s Secateurs 2010/2011 and Family ranges 2007/2009, Mullineaux’s Family range 2009/2010 and Eben Sadie’s Family range 2008. All the wines showed extremely well with the Sadie wines showing their class. The wines that shone for their intrinsic complexity, subtlety, poise, restraint and value for money were the Mullineaux Family wines 2009/2010 which exceeded all the expectations of the participants.

  2. Shirley says:

    It was a superb tasting and a great day out in the Swartland. Skurfberg and Columella were highlights. Just checking on the price of the Eselshoek – per bottle or per case?

  3. What a fantastic tasting it was. I agree with your comment on the Columella 2010. Absolutely brilliant. Fresh, balanced, definitely one that will reward some cellaring. I also thought that the Skurfberg, Skerpioen, T’Voetpad, and Palladius were off the charts. Nicely done.

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