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Old Road Grand Mère Sémillon 2016


Old Road Grand Mère Sémillon 2016


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An elegant and graceful grandmother

>90 pts Quite dry Sémillon Heavy Wood Franschhoek Low Tannin Medium Acidity Medium Body White Apple/Pear


Old Road Grand Mère Sémillon 2016

An elegant and graceful grandmother. Old Road Grand Mère Sémillon shows the same grace and tenacity exemplified by a family matriarch or grandmother.

Golden colour. The elegant bouquet exudes ripe pear, kumquat and zesty citrus aromas with a hint of sweet exotic spices. The dry and mineral-driven palate offers opulent layers of pear, candied lemon citrus and succulent tropical fruit. A textured mouthfeel, a mouth-watering acidity and a lingering mineral finish.

100% Sémillon. The grapes come from a single very special 80-year-old bushvine vineyard. These old vines were born in 1936. The vineyard has a high density of around 7,000 vines per hectare. This is more than double the amount of vines per hectare in comparison to the average vineyard in SA. The south-east facing vineyard has an altitude of 350 metres and very low-yielding vines.

Two batches of harvesting by hand to achieve a perfect balance in ripeness. The grapes are left on the skins to settle overnight. Following this, 70% of the juice is inoculated with a specially selected yeast strain and the remaining 30% goes through wild fermentation. After fermentation, the wine undergoes barrel maturation in mostly older French oak barrels. This adds depth and staying power without detracting from the natural fruit character. Maturation on the primary lees with regular stirring or batonnage ensures further complexity and verve.


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>90 pts


Quite dry

Grape Type



Heavy Wood




Low Tannin

Wine Acidity

Medium Acidity

Wine Body

Medium Body

Wine Type


Tree Fruit



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