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Semillon

Boekenhoutskloof, Semillon 2016

R305

25 in stock

Notes

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm's name means 'ravine of the Boekenhout' (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.

From their Franschhoek vineyards we have two wines. Firstly, the age-worthy Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon 2016 which is from vines planted in 1902 and 1936 and is probably SA’s most underrated white. The 2016 is tighter with just a touch more grip – it’s a wine for the collector.

Tasting notes:
'Four vineyards, all of them in Franschhoek, supply fruit for this old vine Semillon (with 2% Muscat de Frontignan). Subtle and leesy, with some herbal and orange zest notes and a wild, naturally fermented undertone. The new oak doesn’t show. 2018-24' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2016 Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon comes from three vineyards, one planted in 1902, another in 1936 (the La Colline block that is used by Chris Alheit) and a small parcel planted in 1942. It was aged 80% in new barriques for 14 months, the malolactic stopped by cool temperatures. It has a well defined bouquet of yellow plum, beeswax and honeysuckle. The palate is smooth and harmonious on the entry, with hints of custard creams and lemon curd; yellow fruit and a touch of spice follow on the leesy finish. I like the energy here and the tension that comes through with aeration. One of the best Sémillon wines I’ve tasted from Boekenhoutskloof.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This famous wine was launched in 1997 and has been tightened and lightened up considerably by Gottfried Mocke. The fruit comes from three sites, including two plantings of centenarian vines, as well as La Colline vineyard used by the Alheits of Cartology. This is their second vintage without any acidification but adding 6% underripe Muscat rather than Sauvignon Blanc (Mocke's idea). All wild yeast rather than the old bordeaux strain that Marc Kent used to use for his fatter style. Some Sémillon greenness on the nose and strong, pure Sémillon lanolin character. Both ripe and chewy. Very youthful. I'm convinced that this absolutely classic expression of Sémillon has a bright future as well as providing rewarding drinking now.' – Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm's name means 'ravine of the Boekenhout' (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.

From their Franschhoek vineyards we have two wines. Firstly, the age-worthy Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon 2016 which is from vines planted in 1902 and 1936 and is probably SA’s most underrated white. The 2016 is tighter with just a touch more grip – it’s a wine for the collector.

Tasting notes:
'Four vineyards, all of them in Franschhoek, supply fruit for this old vine Semillon (with 2% Muscat de Frontignan). Subtle and leesy, with some herbal and orange zest notes and a wild, naturally fermented undertone. The new oak doesn’t show. 2018-24' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2016 Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon comes from three vineyards, one planted in 1902, another in 1936 (the La Colline block that is used by Chris Alheit) and a small parcel planted in 1942. It was aged 80% in new barriques for 14 months, the malolactic stopped by cool temperatures. It has a well defined bouquet of yellow plum, beeswax and honeysuckle. The palate is smooth and harmonious on the entry, with hints of custard creams and lemon curd; yellow fruit and a touch of spice follow on the leesy finish. I like the energy here and the tension that comes through with aeration. One of the best Sémillon wines I’ve tasted from Boekenhoutskloof.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This famous wine was launched in 1997 and has been tightened and lightened up considerably by Gottfried Mocke. The fruit comes from three sites, including two plantings of centenarian vines, as well as La Colline vineyard used by the Alheits of Cartology. This is their second vintage without any acidification but adding 6% underripe Muscat rather than Sauvignon Blanc (Mocke's idea). All wild yeast rather than the old bordeaux strain that Marc Kent used to use for his fatter style. Some Sémillon greenness on the nose and strong, pure Sémillon lanolin character. Both ripe and chewy. Very youthful. I'm convinced that this absolutely classic expression of Sémillon has a bright future as well as providing rewarding drinking now.' – Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20

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Country

ZA

Region

Franschhoek

Style

White

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