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La Colline

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R 615

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750 ml (Standard)

2018


Cultivar:

100% Semillon

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

96 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs
Origin: Franschhoek Appellation: Franschhoek

Tasting Notes:

"As ever, some reduction before white peach, naartjie, red apple and a hint of waxiness on the nose. A bit of a brute on the palate – dense, full and very flavourful with a slight bitter quality to the finish. Lots going on but perhaps slightly less refinement that previous vintages." CE

White Peach
White Peach

Red Apple
Red Apple

Naartjie
Naartjie

Earthiness
Earthiness

This is a beautiful bit of Cape heritage. It’s not just the age of the vineyard - planted in 1936 - but the fact these types of old field selections (selection massale) are likely to come from the original genetic material brought to the Cape in the 1600s. More than three centuries of selection by generations of farmers to has lead something quite unique – Semillon Gris, Rose, Blanc and every colour in between growing side by side.

Our 2018 La Colline is primarily from the mid-slope part of the vineyard, with about 20% from the shallow soils at the top of the vineyard adding some power.

In the cellar we do….not very much actually. We make wine in a way that could be better characterized by what we don’t, rather than what we do. Some folks say that great wine is 80% in the vineyards, 20% in the cellar. In our mind, the ratio is awfully close to 99% vineyard, 1% cellar. All one can really do in the cellar is not mess up a potentially great wine. Nothing of real value can be added in the cellar. The grapes are cooled, carefully hand sorted, and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice is lightly settled.

Food pairing

A terrific match with butter-poached lobster, dungeness crab or pan-seared Tasmanian ocean trout.

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