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Sequillo Private Bin Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2008

Bargain stuff from Sadie.

Sequillo Cellars is the Swartland project jointly owned by winemaker Eben Sadie and former Gauteng radiologist and Cape Wine Master Cornel Spies. No release of the 2007 Rhône-style red blend as it was not up to their exacting standards, while the 2008, a blend of 65% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache, 4% Carignan and 3% Cinsaut is already sold out from the cellar (although you might find it in the trade at just over R150 a bottle).

How serendipitous therefore to discover Sequillo Private Bin Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2008, a special bottling for retail chain Woolworths selling for R90 a bottle. Apparently it consists of those component parts “not good enough” to make the regular label and is intended to be “easy drinking”. I thought it was a stonker: red fruit and fynbos on the nose, medium bodied on the palate with fine tannins, and if my misgiving about Swartland wines for a while now is that too many of them lack verve, this was as fresh as a daisy.


  1. Saw this at my local Woolies and bought a bottle. Will give it a bash shortly and let you know. I quite like the funky label. There are some boring wine labels around. Tried the Rawbones Buthchers Block over the weekend, lekker wine for what it is BUT hows the label….going to do a blog on the 10 worst labels.



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