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.
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.
Young 2021 - 2032
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Ready 2020 - 2032
Ready 2019 - 2030