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Old Road Wine Company

Old Road Wine Co. Grand-Mère Semillon 750ml

Old Road Wine Co. Grand-Mère Semillon 750ml

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What's in the name?

The Old Road Wine Co. tells the story of special old vines grown in rugged corners of the Franschhoek wine country. The fruit of these old vines born in 1936, show the grace and tenacity exemplified by a family matriarch or grandmother.

In the vineyard:

The grapes used to make this wine were sourced from a very special, very old bush vine vineyard planted in 1936. It is a high density planting of around 7 000 vines per hectare, more than double the amount of vines per hectare compared to the average vineyard in SA. It is a south-east facing vineyard, unirrigated and located at an altitude of 350 m above sea level. The vines were able to find a perfect balance between growth and yields over the decades resulting in an excellent textured wine. The yields per vine are very low, making for excellent concentration of fruit.

In the cellar:

Grapes were harvested by hand in two batches to achieve a perfect balance in ripeness. Grapes are whole-bunch pressed and allowed to settle before being racked to the barrels for natural fermentation. After fermentation the wine underwent barrel maturation in mostly older French oak barrels as to add depth and staying power without detracting from the natural fruit character. Maturation on the primary lees with regular stirring or batonnage ensured further complexity and verve. Clay Amphora pots were used in the fermentation and ageing for 20% of the wine.

Winemaker's tasting notes:

The wine is elegant and refined, with opulent pear, kumquat and citrus peel flavours, sweet exotic spice and a textured mouth-feel. The flavours evolve and persist from the entry onto the palate, with layers of succulent tropical fruit and candied citrus flavours unfolding. The well-defined fruit is balanced by a mouth watering acidity and a lingering minerality on the finish.

  • Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2023  - 93 points
  • 95 Points IWSC London 
  • 90 Points Robert Parker 
  • Novare Franschhoek Terroir Champion
  • Michelangelo Double Gold 
  • Wine Mag Top 10 Niche Varieties 


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Anton B�hmer
Flavours are full

Beautiful golden colour, aromas of citrus and summer fruit. The flavours are full, citrus, pear, stone and honeycomb.

Ben Van Rooyen

Stunning. That La colline vineyard really coming through. citrus minerals pear

Hendri Nagel
Love old vine wines

1936 age of Vineyard. Love old vine wines. Fruit driven. Minerals, pear citrus lemon. Semillon should be drunk more.

Mark Jarvis
Very well rounded

Blend of fruit and minerals. Actually very well rounded. I like it and find that with every sip I am enjoying it more and more.

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