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Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following.+
This 2017 Columella is the first of “the drought years” to be bottled and this very wine stands as evidence of the great stability to be achieved in a region with multiple varieties and vineyards planted in diverse sites. It shows that the greatest and most stable quality is to be achieved by a selection of vineyards rather than just one. The expression of a singular site has its place, but there is simply no better strategy than the combination of a bigger variety of terroirs to build up the most stable representation of our region.
This wine is the result of 12 months ageing in barrels (8% new) and thereafter an additional 12 months in old, big oval casks.
This 2017 vintage has incredible tension and density and is very much “locked in”. The firmness of the wine suggests that it is a great keeper. It does exhibit amazing herbal, spicy and perfumed aromas and there is more than enough fruit – but it is a highly-strung wine that needs time. The tannins are fine, powdery and almost silky with a slightly lower acidity and more expanded palate than the 2014 and 2016. The wine is super-tight and will require at least 2 hours of decantation if opened prior to 5 years of age in the bottle.