Vineyards: Swartland & Paardeberg Mountain Areas
Soils: (Various) Granite – Slate – Clay – Gravel – Chalk
Grapes: 80% Syrah, 17% Mourv?dre, 3% Grenache
Winemaker: Eben Sadie
The 2010 vintage was in every sense a five star one for Swartland reds in general and it is very evident when one tastes through an array of wines from the region. For the 2010 vintage of Columella we worked extremely hard throughout the preceding winter with huge additions of compost to all of the 8 vineyards in the various locations; and the increased carbon percentage in the soil has led to an improvement in the water retention capacity of the soils. All of this has brought us better natural acidity.
We also picked most sites some 5 – 7 days earlier (from flowering to picking date) than normal. The grapes were meticulously farmed with each, individual berry hand sorted. This wine is very complex and multi-layered. Immediate flavors of bright red fruit will tease your palate followed by light hints of baking spice and blueberries. 2010 was an incredible vintage for the Swartland region.
The 2010 Columella has an incredible depth and complexity and all characteristics suggest that it will be a brilliant vintage to age. We also suggest decantation for several hours in the first two to three years from release.
It is a futuristic, elegant wine and should age extremely well into 20 years of age. Enjoy!
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Neal Martin, eRobertparker: 93 pts;
Platter rating: 5