These grand old vines are farmed by father and son, Anton and Koos Roux on their family farm, La Colline. They are direct descendants of the Huguenot refugee Paul Roux who arrived in the Cape in 1688. Anton’s grandfather planted the vineyard in 1936 on an elevated South facing slope overlooking the valley below. The parcel is situated between 310 m and 350 m above sea-level. The soil is mostly granitic with plenty of quartz. There are a few different shades of Sémillon growing together here: from emerald green to amber, rose and mauve. These genetic oddities are typical of the Cape’s older Sémillon vineyards, and seem to be extinct in the rest of the world. This affords us the chance to make something unique to the Cape.
|Wine of origin||Franschhoek|
|Production||2400 bottles and 90 magnums|
|Bottling||May 23 2023|
Winemaking and Maturation
We pick all of these different shades of grapes together. The grapes are hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The raw juice is settled overnight with no additions, then racked relatively clean compared to our Chenins. Wild fermentation takes place in old barrels, usually lasting around one month. The wine was kept on primary lees in barrels for 18 months prior to bottling without fining. Very simple, careful winemaking.
This vineyard continues a strong run of good form. The nose is lovely: naartjie rind, nut oil, some lanolin, maybe crushed herbs. The palate is very textured and deep, but still bright and bristling. The finish is unusually long for this wine. This is one of the best examples of the old La Colline vineyards to date.