2001 Eben Sadie, Columella, Swartland

Vintage: 2001
Grape variety: Syrah/Shiraz
Date tasted: 29 January 2005
Price when tasted: £40

Tasting notes


Mostly very old-vine Syrah with a little Mourvedre, this has a dense, almost black colour yet a marvellous freshness that sets it apart from overripe, raisiny blockbusters, and superb Chave Hermitage-like purity of extraction. A cult South African wine - the label is in Latin - and deservedly so.

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