2013 Columella, Sadie Family, Swartland

Named after the famous roman writer on agriculture, this is Eben’s ode to his Swartland terroir. Made from a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, there is no oak character, but rather purity of ripe fruit, a lovely garriguey note, complex spice and impressive texture and intensity. A truly wonderful demonstration of what South Africa is capable.

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  • Region & country
    Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2030
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2013 Columella, Sadie Family, Swartland


The 2013 Columella is matured for ten months in cask with 10% new oak, and then another ten months in foudres; Eben believes this slows down the maturation. It has a very complex bouquet, mercurial on the nose, and bestowed with wild strawberry and cranberry scents, incense and a hint of marmalade that is beautifully detailed. The palate is medium-bodied, extremely refined and mineral-laden, symmetrical and standing on tip-toes on the finish -- something that this label could not do when Eben started. It is compact at the moment, but it will turn into an astonishing Swartland wine.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (December 2015)
Sadie Family

Situated in the Swartland, and sourcing grapes from across the region, from old blocks and blocks he’s planted himself, no one can match Eben’s energy, talent, or attention to detail. Indeed, time spent with him feels like time in the company of a genius.

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