Alheit Sémillon La Colline Western Cape 2018

Sémillon from Western Cape, South Africa
TA 96
DE 96
WS 95
V 93
13.5% ABV
Item # 341345

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750ml
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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(13.5%). Everyone that buys grapes from Anton Roux's 1936 Franschhoek Vineyard makes an exceptional wine with them. Combining Semillon and small amounts of Semillon Gris, this is a herbal, waxy, multi-layered delight with notes of camomile and green tea and dense, focused flavours. 2022-28. (2019)"

96 points Malu Lambert (Decanter): "In the interplanted La Colline vineyard, the majority of Semillon grapes are gold-skinned, but there are also green, pink and gris colours too. Planted in 1936, it is farmed today by Anton Roux, and since 2015 winemaker Chris Alheit has harvested the grapes together, before whole bunch pressing. The 2018 (with 12% Semillon Gris) has a bit more power than its predecessors; Chris says this is because 20% of the crop comes from the shallow soils at the vineyard’s highest point. Aromas of white citrus, hay and ginger blossom, before a more savoury bay leaf edge and the sweetness of orange peel. Deeply concentrated on the palate, the generous mouthfeel displays orange, white peach and apples. The power is reigned in by energetic acidity and the waxy finish is long and complex. Drinking Window: 2020-2042. (May 2020)"

95 points Wine Spectator: "[$100 list] This expansive white evokes citrus oil and salted butter, with hints of gingerbread and melon, followed by a wave of honeysuckle, macadamia nut and orange blossom honey. Texturally fascinating, this shows both a gentle caress of silk and a subtle grip that fills the palate. The purity shines through on the finish, with great length and complexity. Best from 2022 through 2030. 10 cases imported. (2020)"

93 points Neal Martin (Vinous): "The 2018 La Colline is 100% Sémillon from Franschhoek. It demands some time to coalesce on the nose, eventually offering tangerine, beeswax, lanolin and light walnut aromas that achieve wonderful definition. The palate is well balanced with a waxy-textured opening. Flecks of white chocolate and almond infuse the honeyed fruit on the caressing finish. Lovely, but this is not quite as intellectual as some of Alheit’s Chenin Blancs. Drink: 2022-2040. (Nov 2019)"
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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: "(13.5%). Everyone that buys grapes from Anton Roux's 1936 Franschhoek Vineyard makes an exceptional wine with them. Combining Semillon and small amounts of Semillon Gris, this is a herbal, waxy, multi-layered delight with notes of camomile and green tea and dense, focused flavours. 2022-28. (2019)"

96 points Malu Lambert (Decanter): "In the interplanted La Colline vineyard, the majority of Semillon grapes are gold-skinned, but there are also green, pink and gris colours too. Planted in 1936, it is farmed today by Anton Roux, and since 2015 winemaker Chris Alheit has harvested the grapes together, before whole bunch pressing. The 2018 (with 12% Semillon Gris) has a bit more power than its predecessors; Chris says this is because 20% of the crop comes from the shallow soils at the vineyard’s highest point. Aromas of white citrus, hay and ginger blossom, before a more savoury bay leaf edge and the sweetness of orange peel. Deeply concentrated on the palate, the generous mouthfeel displays orange, white peach and apples. The power is reigned in by energetic acidity and the waxy finish is long and complex. Drinking Window: 2020-2042. (May 2020)"

95 points Wine Spectator: "[$100 list] This expansive white evokes citrus oil and salted butter, with hints of gingerbread and melon, followed by a wave of honeysuckle, macadamia nut and orange blossom honey. Texturally fascinating, this shows both a gentle caress of silk and a subtle grip that fills the palate. The purity shines through on the finish, with great length and complexity. Best from 2022 through 2030. 10 cases imported. (2020)"

93 points Neal Martin (Vinous): "The 2018 La Colline is 100% Sémillon from Franschhoek. It demands some time to coalesce on the nose, eventually offering tangerine, beeswax, lanolin and light walnut aromas that achieve wonderful definition. The palate is well balanced with a waxy-textured opening. Flecks of white chocolate and almond infuse the honeyed fruit on the caressing finish. Lovely, but this is not quite as intellectual as some of Alheit’s Chenin Blancs. Drink: 2022-2040. (Nov 2019)"
Product SKU 341345
Producer Alheit
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Varietal Sémillon
Vintage 2018
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 88% Sémillon and 12% Sémillon Gris
ABV 13.5%
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