“The 2017 Columella has an outgoing, intense bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit mixed with sage, tobacco and thyme, that seems a little smudged initially but gains clarity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, plenty of red berry fruit, a generous sprinkling of white pepper and a hint of fennel. Powerful yet refined, and very focused and harmonious on the finish. Gorgeous. Drinking window: 2022-2045. 94 points” Neal Martin, Vinous
A founding member of the Swartland Revolution, along with Adi Badenhorst, Chris & Andrea Mullineux and Callie Louw, this is the man at the very heart of Swartland's old-vine story, the sine qua non of the South African New Wave. It's a significant day at Swig HQ when Eben's wines arrive. We like to ogle them, to fondle them, to sing adoring pop ballads in their general direction. We don't give ourselves a hard time about it - people always act in a silly way in the presence of greatness, and trust us, we're not the only ones.