To produce the Semillon (Groen Druif) La Colline Raised by Wolves, the wine is whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in used oak.
The Semillon vineyard in Franschoel is South Africa’s oldest repository of the variety and provides fruit to many of the top young producers in the country. The Semillon (Groen Druif) La Colline Raised by Wolves vineyard is uniquely South African in that dark skinned Semillon vines are inter-planted with light skinned Semillon. It was planted 82 yrs ago on the southern slope of Dassenberg in Franschhoek on soils of decomposed granite with quartz, and 310–350m above sea-level. In summer, the tightly-planted bushvines forma wild looking mess.
With a lengthy, successful stint at Klein Constantia under his belt (amongst other things), Adam Mason is currently Mulderbosch’s head winemaker, one of South Africa’s established vinous stars. His wines are made from a selection of unique vineyards from his travels around the Cape and are produced in limited quantities, making them rare examples of the Cape’s most interesting vineyards. Small batch, experimental wines like these are at the forefront of what has transformed the Cape into one of the most dynamic regions in the world, the name parodying the constant one-upmanship of winemakers. The Joubert Chenin is from a Stellenbosch planting of the historic, rare and small-berried Montpellier clone.