Wine Sadie Family, "Columella", 2009
Wine red ruby color of medium intensity.
Excellent wine with fine tannins gives an elegant, juicy, wonderfully balanced flavor with pure tones of raspberry, plum, cherry and dark fruit, with hints of spice and minerals. For this drink is characterized by long, gentle fruity floral aftertaste.
Initial, somewhat restrained bouquet of wine with hints of dark fruit aromas gradually revealed strawberries, orange blossom and rose petals.
Wine is served with dishes of lamb, venison, venison and other meats. It blends in well with pasta with meat sauce and mature cheeses.
The grapes for "Columella" made in the early morning hours. The berries are collected in a small flat boxes and transported to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Grapes for further production of wine is carefully selected. Fermentation takes place in open wooden fermenters, malolactic fermentation - in oak barrels. After assembly, the wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barrels from Bordeaux fine quality, of which 60% are new barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered.
Eben Sadie, the owner of the winery "Sadie Family", grew up in South Africa and by paying attention to the South African wine industry, felt that the wines of the country is always something missing. Traveling in Europe, he realized that he lacked the tradition. "There is the concept of terroir - he explains, - where history, tradition and time, as well as other elements are woven together, but unfortunately, not always welcome in a world in which we live in today. " Eben Sadie left South Africa and went in search of experience in Germany, Austria, Italy, Oregon, and finally, Burgundy. "I found that people breathe in Burgundy wine. It's part of how they move and live." Back in South Africa, Eben launched its first production of wine "Columella" on a limited budget. He made only 17 barrels from its first harvest in 2000, because he had no money to invest in the project. His goal was to make wine, which would be a little bit of grandeur, which he observed in some European wines. Eben initially knew his wines should not be monosortovymi and blended. He believes that in the cool continental climate there is always interaction with the environment and the ability to maximize the benefits of each class. Eben says that the grapes from the coast is best suited for blending, but adds: "There are always exceptions, we will never be able to reduce the process of wine production to the general rules."
The secret wines Sadi is simple - it's incredibly thorough and takes care of the vineyards. His basement is not mechanized: everything is done by gravity, using manual labor and wooden open fermenters. "This is a very clean way to make wine."