Sequillo White 2013

Does Sequillo suffer from being rock star Eben Sadie’s lesser venture? Perhaps but one advantage of the label is that unlike Columella and Palladius, the average punter can just about afford the wines and another is unlike Die Ouwingerdreeks, it’s not utterly unobtainable.

Tasting notes and scores of the current releases:



Sequillo White 2013
Approximate retail price: R160
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho and Palomino. Sensational nose – pear, peach and lemon but also dried herbs, wild flowers and some yeasty complexity. Rich but balanced, layers of flavour and a gently savoury finish. Really complex – defies proper description. A baby Palladius.

Score: 93/100.

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Sequillo Red 2012
Approximate retail price: R160
A blend of Syrah, Cinsaut and Tinta Barocca. Red fruit, a touch of fynbos and spice. Rich and broad with moderate acidity and fine tannins. Easy like Wednesday evening (as opposed to Sunday morning).

Score: 90/100.

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  1. RyanNovember 2, 2014 at 10:38 pmReply

    You can also use a product called “label lift”. Order it off Amazon

  2. Hennie TaljaardOctober 30, 2014 at 8:39 amReply

    the labels getting more novel by the day. it would be a great time for label collectors (that is if there’s any out there) . but then again I don’t think today’s labels can be soaked off.

    • Christa de BeerOctober 30, 2014 at 2:57 pmReply

      I love collecting labels …. just pour some boiling water into the bottle, leave for 5-10 mins and peal the label of, easy peasy! Some older vintages are more tricky and does require some soaking due to the older glues/methods used.

      • RyanNovember 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        I love Eben Sadie’s wine and his whole approach to marketing and making wine. What I grapple with however, is that his 2nd label wines ( that are sold at a considerable less price, 50% less than Columella and Paladius) is as good as his top labels. This is my experience but it seems to be also the experience of wine judges because Platters almost invariably award them similar stars. Does it maybe all come down to marketing? The heavier ticket Columella and Paladius being “better” because it is deliberately sold more expensive and therefore deserving the extra 2 points or half star?

        Christian, where in your scoring do you find the extra few points on the Columella that is not there on the Sequillo?

      • Christian EedesNovember 4, 2014 at 9:39 amAuthor

        Hi Ryan, You pose a provocative question. By way of reply, the first point I’d like to make is that I haven’t always been a fan of Columella – the maiden 2000 was an extraordinary debut but then during the mid-2000s, I think Sadie went in pursuit of weight and power with some finesse sacrificed. With age, wisdom and the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages seem to me to be much better conceived – among SA’s very finest reds and they should be scored as such.

        The second point is that it’s not uncommon for “second labels” to compare very favourably with their first-label stablemates because they often benefit from being made without the same excess of ambition (to use an Andrew Jefford phrase). That said, I think Sadie has got his tiering spot on – his expensive stuff has simply got an extra degree of complexity compared to his more modestly priced wines.

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