Sadie Family Columella 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa

$75.00 $29.99
Save $45.01
Item No. 89904
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • WS94
  • ST92
  • 2005
  • WS95
  • 2004
  • WS92
  • ST92
  • 2002
  • WS91

Winemaker's Notes

"The most excellent wine is one which has given pleasure by its own natural qualities. Nothing must be mixed with it which might obscure its natural taste," observed Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella. This timelessly valid judgment appeared over two millennia ago, in Columella's treatise on farming, De re Rustica (‘On Country Matters'), the most comprehensive account of Roman viticulture. It is a fitting definition of a wine named to honor Columella, a wine carefully nurtured to express its origins in the soils of South Africa 's Swartland region, first made from the 2000 vintage.

Why an ancient Roman in modern Swartland? Columella, as mentioned earlier, was one of the most important writers on viticulture and vinification in early Rome . Through his work and direction, many grapes made their way up the Rhone — on whose steep northerly banks Syrah is now produced in its purest form. "And as syrah forms the basis of our wine," says Eben Sadie, "and as I am fascinated by Columella and admire his work and his understanding of viticulture — well, why not?"

A blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre, Southern Rhone varietals particularly suited to the arid climate of the rugged terrain of the Swartland region. Painstakingly crafted using time-honored winemaking machinery (basket press) and methodology (pigage), this wine is a bottled rendering of the very terroir from where it was created. The aim is to produce a unique and honest wine displaying minerality as apposed to more opulent flavors.

"This just gushes with exotic fruit--raspberry, boysenberry and fig--while staying juicy and vibrant thanks to the tangy mineral spine. Plenty of sweet spice notes also add dimension to the finish, which is rich and youthful. Drink now through 2011. 665 cases made."
-Wine Spectator

"Deep red-ruby. Slightly roasted, spicy dark fruit and licorice aromas hint at surmaturite without losing freshness. Broad, large-scaled, very ripe and dry, hinting at licorice. Showing less fruit sweetness and detail today than the '04, but this seems rather stubbornly closed and the finish features substantial ripe tannins. Aeration brought a meaty syrah character. I'd forget about this for at least two years."
-International Wine Cellar 90+

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LAX4MAN - New Albany, OH (read all my reviews)

Not outstanding for the price. Ok. Nothing sticks out about this selection. On the dry side.
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The Sadie Family strives for wines that are fresh, flavorsome, refined, harmonious and balanced and aims to offer drinking pleasure at the highest level of quality, at any stage of a wine's life: the wine-drinker's eagerness for a further glass is their measure of achievement! The Sadie's two wines, Columella and Palladius, originate in the soils in the Swartland region, which...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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