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Palladius 2012 and Columella 2012

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A good year.
A good year.

Having missed the Sadie Family Wines tasting towards the end of July as I did, I was eager to get my hands on the 2012 vintages of Palladius and Columella – these are wines that shape the debate and can’t be disregarded.

Palladius 2012
Wine Cellar price: R475

Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Semillon Gris, Semillon Blanc and Palomino. Lime, lemon and peach plus ginger and marzipan and more mysterious notes of dried herbs, hay and earth. Not much point being too literal here – it’s more about texture and length. A cerebral drinking experience but then you’d expect nothing less. It’s speaks of place in a metaphorical sense – the baking sun of the Swartland, buzzards atop telephone poles and not a soul for miles around.

Score: 95/100.

Columella 2012
Wine Cellar price: R660

76% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre and 7% Grenache. Wild strawberry, scrub and spice – though ostensibly a small component, the Grenache definitely brings extra finesse. Medium bodied with lovely fruit purity and freshness – a better line of acidity and not as imposing as some of the previous vintages. Interesting tannins – short of prickly but by no means smooth. A vintage that shows real lightness of touch on the part of the winemaker.

Score: 94/100.

2011 vintages reviewed here.

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