Alheit Vineyards La Colline Vineyard 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
South Africa
region
Cape Region
95
WE
95
VM
94
WA
93
WS
Additional vintages
2017 2016
95
WE
Rated 95 by Wine Enthusiast
Dark- and light-skinned Sémillon are picked together, then whole-bunch pressed and fermented together for this stunning wine. Pure and direct, it opens with pristine aromas of fresh melon, yellow apple, white strawberry hull and honeysuckle, with a touch of ocean breeze in the back. The palate is bright and lively, with laser-cut acidity and a beautiful seam of stony minerality that weaves throughout the yellow apple, spiced orange and Anjou pear flavors. It's harmonious, complete and superbly balanced, with a lingering ginger-peach-tea accent on the close. Drink 2020–2030. (Editors' Choice) ... More details
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Alheit Vineyards La Colline Vineyard 2017 750ml

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Professional Ratings
95
WE
95
VM
94
WA
93
WS
95
WE
Rated 95 by Wine Enthusiast
Dark- and light-skinned Sémillon are picked together, then whole-bunch pressed and fermented together for this stunning wine. Pure and direct, it opens with pristine aromas of fresh melon, yellow apple, white strawberry hull and honeysuckle, with a touch of ocean breeze in the back. The palate is bright and lively, with laser-cut acidity and a beautiful seam of stony minerality that weaves throughout the yellow apple, spiced orange and Anjou pear flavors. It's harmonious, complete and superbly balanced, with a lingering ginger-peach-tea accent on the close. Drink 2020–2030. (Editors' Choice)
95
VM
Rated 95 by Vinous Media
The 2017 La Colline Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1936 from original genetic material bought to the Cape in the 1600s. Pure Sémillon Gris, it was matured in fifth-fill barrels. It has a very precise bouquet, perhaps the most mineral-driven of all Chris Alheit’s 2017s, featuring hints of apricot blossom, Turkish delight and a very subtle petrol note. The palate is extremely well balanced, smooth and poised in the mouth, displaying a slight waxy texture and perfect acidity. Veins of ginger and lemongrass appear toward the persistent finish.
94
WA
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
Under a wax seal, the 2017 La Colline Vineyard is slightly reductive, but once you get the glass spinning, the wine reveals oak aromas of toasted brioche and vanilla seamlessly integrated into the Semillon, along with a waxy pomaceous fruit. This is really thoughtful winemaking here. Flavors of apples and lemons are beautifully balanced by the oak treatment and subtle, fine minerality that combine to extend texture across the mid-palate. If you are a Burgundy lover and looking from something familiar yet different, check this out. It has a delicate yet structured finesse, with a complex power to the mouthfeel and is medium to full-bodied with a long, richly textured finish. Only 182 cases made.
93
WS
Rated 93 by Wine Spectator
Intense nectarine, tangerine and peach flavors form the majority of the core in this white, while flashes of mirabelle plum, quinine and green fig check in. Has ripeness and depth, but a racy feel stays buried on the finish, adding latent energy. Should be fun to cellar. Semillon. Best from 2020 through 2025. 184 cases made, 40 cases imported.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
South Africa
region
Cape Region
Additional vintages
2017 2016
Overview
Rated 95 - The 2017 La Colline Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1936 from original genetic material bought to the Cape in the 1600s. Pure Sémillon Gris, it was matured in fifth-fill barrels. It has a very precise bouquet, perhaps the most mineral-driven of all Chris Alheit’s 2017s, featuring hints of apricot blossom, Turkish delight and a very subtle petrol note. The palate is extremely well balanced, smooth and poised in the mouth, displaying a slight waxy texture and perfect acidity. Veins of ginger and lemongrass appear toward the persistent finish.
green grapes

Varietal: Semillon

The grapes of the Semillon vine have been grown throughout Europe and the New World in abundance over the past three hundred years, and were at one point considered to be the most widely planted grape in the world. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that in the New World, wineries were looking to set up vineyards using grapes which grow well in a range of conditions, produce high yields and have a strong resistance to disease – things which Semillon is renowned for. The grapes themselves are usually golden in color, taking on their pink blush only when ripened in particularly warm climates. They produce wines of many different types, and are equally fine for use in dry wines as well as sweeter varieties.
fields

Country: South Africa

Situated on the very tip of the African continent, South Africa has proved itself over three centuries to be an ideal location for producing a wide range of wines. Benefiting from something not dissimilar to a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers complemented by both Atlantic and Indian Ocean winds, the grapes which grow on the valleys, mountainsides and plains of this fascinating country can ripen to their fullest capacity, producing wines packed full of fruity flavors and an array of interesting and enticing aromas. As a former colony, South Africa has long since been home to a range of different nationalities, who each brought something of their wine culture with them. As such, many European grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and others have been given time to flourish in South Africa, allowing the country to develop a diverse group of wine types which are proving increasingly popular around the world.
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green grapes

Varietal: Semillon

The grapes of the Semillon vine have been grown throughout Europe and the New World in abundance over the past three hundred years, and were at one point considered to be the most widely planted grape in the world. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that in the New World, wineries were looking to set up vineyards using grapes which grow well in a range of conditions, produce high yields and have a strong resistance to disease – things which Semillon is renowned for. The grapes themselves are usually golden in color, taking on their pink blush only when ripened in particularly warm climates. They produce wines of many different types, and are equally fine for use in dry wines as well as sweeter varieties.
fields

Country: South Africa

Situated on the very tip of the African continent, South Africa has proved itself over three centuries to be an ideal location for producing a wide range of wines. Benefiting from something not dissimilar to a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers complemented by both Atlantic and Indian Ocean winds, the grapes which grow on the valleys, mountainsides and plains of this fascinating country can ripen to their fullest capacity, producing wines packed full of fruity flavors and an array of interesting and enticing aromas. As a former colony, South Africa has long since been home to a range of different nationalities, who each brought something of their wine culture with them. As such, many European grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and others have been given time to flourish in South Africa, allowing the country to develop a diverse group of wine types which are proving increasingly popular around the world.