"80% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre. The grapes were hand sorted by each individual berry for the entire production into small 'strawberry' cases. Pressing takes place in an old basket press. French oak barrels. Tight grain. The aging takes place for twelve months on the lees and then we rack and an additional year of aging takes place in big oval casks (foudre) on the fine lees. 14% alc."
"96 pts ... The 2013 Columella is matured for ten months in cask with 10% new oak, and then another ten months in foudres; Eben believes this slows down the maturation. It has a very complex bouquet, mercurial on the nose, and bestowed with wild strawberry and cranberry scents, incense and a hint of marmalade that is beautifully detailed. The palate is medium-bodied, extremely refined and mineral-laden, symmetrical and standing on tip-toes on the finish -- something that this label could not do when Eben started. It is compact at the moment, but it will turn into an astonishing Swartland wine."