Sequillo Private Bin Syrah Mourvedre Grenache 2008
By Christian Eedes, 4 April 2011
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.