Alheit Vineyards La Colline Vineyard 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
South Africa
region
Cape Region
WE
95
VM
95
WA
94
WS
93
Additional vintages
2017 2016
WE
95
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
WE
95
VM
95
WA
94
WS
93
WE
95
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)
VM
95
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.
WA
94
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.
WS
93
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

Semillon grapes are easily recognizable from their pale and golden color, which often takes on a pinkish hue when ripened in hot climates. These grapes produce a wide range of excellent wines, from crisp, dry and citrus flavored still white wines, to more sweeter varieties. Semillon is one of the fine white grape varietals used in the production of Bordeaux white wines, and it is known for having a particular affinity for oak, in which it ages fantastically. At one point, Semillon was wildly popular, and was grown in abundance all over Europe and the New World. It is highly popular with wineries seeking a white wine grape which grows quickly and easily, with a high resistance to disease and the ability to produce high yields.
fields

Country: South Africa

With its hot, long summers and oceanic winds from both the west and the east, South Africa is something of a haven for a wide range of imported grape varietals. Since the mid-18th century, the country has been associated with some very fine wines made using complex and careful blending techniques, with one of the most famous and widely loved early examples being constructed from Pontac, Muscadel and Chenin Blanc varietals. Since those colonial days, the regions around Cape Town have proven again and again to be fantastic areas for producing interesting and delicious wines, with many of the best examples of Champagne style sparkling wines originating from these fertile lands. From the scorchingly hot regions of Orange Rivers, to the far cooler and temperate appellations in Walker Bay, South Africa has developed a booming wine industry responsible for many of the finest New World wines available anywhere across the globe.
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green grapes

Varietal: Semillon

Semillon grapes are easily recognizable from their pale and golden color, which often takes on a pinkish hue when ripened in hot climates. These grapes produce a wide range of excellent wines, from crisp, dry and citrus flavored still white wines, to more sweeter varieties. Semillon is one of the fine white grape varietals used in the production of Bordeaux white wines, and it is known for having a particular affinity for oak, in which it ages fantastically. At one point, Semillon was wildly popular, and was grown in abundance all over Europe and the New World. It is highly popular with wineries seeking a white wine grape which grows quickly and easily, with a high resistance to disease and the ability to produce high yields.
fields

Country: South Africa

With its hot, long summers and oceanic winds from both the west and the east, South Africa is something of a haven for a wide range of imported grape varietals. Since the mid-18th century, the country has been associated with some very fine wines made using complex and careful blending techniques, with one of the most famous and widely loved early examples being constructed from Pontac, Muscadel and Chenin Blanc varietals. Since those colonial days, the regions around Cape Town have proven again and again to be fantastic areas for producing interesting and delicious wines, with many of the best examples of Champagne style sparkling wines originating from these fertile lands. From the scorchingly hot regions of Orange Rivers, to the far cooler and temperate appellations in Walker Bay, South Africa has developed a booming wine industry responsible for many of the finest New World wines available anywhere across the globe.