La Colline is farmed by Anton Roux, a direct descendant of the Huguenot refugee Paul Roux who arrived in Franschhoek in 1688. This vineyard was planted by Anton’s grandfather in the year 1936 on the southern slope of Dassenberg. It’s situated between 310 and 350m above sea-level. During summer, these tightly planted bushvines form a slightly wild looking mess of life and grapes. In winter they resemble a crowd of drunkards cart wheeling across the slope. It is a beautiful old thing.
As is typical in the Cape’s older Semillon vineyards, there are some dark skinned Semillon vines inter-planted with the light skinned Semillon. This oddity is virtually extinct in the rest of the world, and so affords us a chance to make something uniquely South African.
75% skin fermented Semillon Gris, 25% whole bunch pressed Semillon Blanc.
The 2014 vintage is composed of 75% skin fermented Semillon Gris and 25% Semillon Blanc. The nose is very interesting, with earthy notes of bay leaf and white pepper. Glimmers of ripe tangerine and hedge fruit pierce the otherwise savoury scent. The palate has real substance and density. Despite the moderate weight of the wine, it remains quite powerful.