Columella 2009 (Red Blend)
The 2009 vintage in the Swartland was of truly great stature; we actually had a little downpour of rain halfway through the vintage, which helped a lot in terms of stress relief for the late ripening vineyards.
This meant perfect levels of ripeness across the early and late varietals. The 2009 Columella shows very spicy and immense fresh red fruit flavours on the aromatics with some very delicate violet notes.
On the palate the wines tannins are extremely well defined in terms of the same characteristics that one finds on the nose carrying through as well as a great all round freshness and lingering aftertaste. The marginal cooler season also preserved more acidity and freshness and this vintage should age extremely well over the next 20 years +.
~ From the Columella factsheet
Palladius 2010 (White Blend)
In more recent years, since 2008, it seems that the Palladius as a wine has been growing into its own identity and more consistent than before in its absolute quality. It is a combination of designated vineyards and the years of working with the soil that is finally paying of and also the fermentation and ageing in neutral casks and clay and concrete vessels is in a way permitting the wine to speak its own language.
The 2010 Palladius is quite similar in flavours to the 2008 vintage and displays the characters of tropical fruits and limey notes and slight nuances of almonds and hay. The aromatics of the wine also have a very salty and mineral character that comes more forth in the mouth feel and aftertaste. The 2010 vintage displays a more firm acidity and freshness on the finish, which adds to the prolonged aftertaste.
The 2010 stands to be a wine well worth cellaring for the next 15 years and beyond and we suggest decantation for up to two hours in the youth of the wine.
~ From the Palladius factsheet
The Old Vine Series: Eselshoek 2010 (375ml)
Crafted from Muscat dAlexandrie (Hanepoot) which was planted a century ago in the T Voetpad vineyard a far up the West coast 1.4 hectares dry-land site on a farm flanked by rooibos tea and wheat crops, in a microclimate of icy Atlantic sea breeze and big inland heat.
The grapes were hung out to dry, leaving them daunted and at the mercy of berry-crazed birdies. This is a wine that speaks to the Old Cape Colony like no other a colour of deep copper and amber, intensely nutty aromas meet an abundance of apple and grape, delivering its full bouquet in layers, and after time in the glass revealing a
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