Sadie Family Columella 2017
Our viticultural reviews and implementations over a number of years are finally coming into play and are paying off in the resultant wines. Columella, as one of the signature wines, will always be at the spearhead of developments. Paardeberg (2 vineyards), Kasteelberg (4 vineyards), Malmesbury (1 vineyard), Piquetberg (1 vineyard)
Winemaking and Maturation
Hand sorting of individual berries of the entire production in small “strawberry” cases. Fermentation takes place spontaneously in 3300 litre open concrete fermenters for three weeks. No additions are made to the fermenting wine.
12 months on the lees in tight-grain French oak barrels, 5% of new. Then racked into big oval casks (foudres) for an additional year of maturation on the fine lees. After two years the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This 2017 Columella is the first of “the drought years” to be bottled and this wine stands as evidence of the great stability to be achieved in a region with multiple varieties and vineyards planted in diverse sites. 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.
Composition: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Tinta Barocca, Mourvedre