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Boekenhoutskloof - Semillon 2017

White wine from Paarl · South Africa
Price: £49.95
Case Rate: £49.95
Ex Tax: £32.50
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Semillon
Grape Percentage: 100% Semillon
Alcohol Percentage: 13.85
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (22 btls)
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17 pts  JancisRobinson.com
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Semillon
Grape Percentage: 100% Semillon
Alcohol Percentage: 13.85
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

The nose is complex and alluring with its exquisite bouquet of orange blossom, nectarine, beeswax and lemongrass. The entry is exceptionally smooth with the white peach, mandarin and lemon curd character of the nose following through with delicate nuances of lime zest, root ginger, dill and tarragon. The wine is full-bodied and opulent yet focused with balanced acidity lending verve on an intense, seamless mid-palate. Hints of poached pear, chamomile, fenugreek and fresh fennel linger on a vibrant, saline finish.

Winery information

Boekenhoutskloof

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.

In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.

Boekenhoutskloof Winery - Platter's Wine Guide, Editor's Award Winery of the Year for 2020
Platter’s 2020 Five-Star Wine - Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 17 pts

“Well-balanced, attractive fruity nose without the aggressive green streak of many other South African Semillons. Sweet and creamy with no rough edges but real structure and ageability. One of the world’s best Semillons? 13.5% Drink 2019 – 2026” 17/20 - Jancis Robinson 2019


Platter's South African Wine Guide (2017) - 4 stars

“Old vines (planted 1902, 1936 & 1942) with dash muscat d’Alexandria (1902). Expressive & generous, with rened lemon, lime, stonefruit & beeswax aromas & avours. Regal & textured, sublime. Natural ferment, 80% in new oak, rest concrete’ eggs’.” Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman. 94 Points - Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020


Tim Atkin (2017) - 94 pts

“Three different Franschhoek vineyards, planted in 1902, 1936 and 1942, make up the blend of this impressive, ageworthy Semillon, fermented in 80% new wood and blended with 3% Muscat d'Alexandrie. Waxy, broad and textured at first on the palate, with prominent wood spice, it tightens on the finish, coming over all crisp and grapefruity. 2020-27” 94 Points - Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2019


Neal Martin (2017) - 91 pts

“The 2017 Sémillon, which has a 3% splash of Muscat of Alexandria, is made with an oxidative winemaking approach. It has a neutral nose, one where I would have liked more Sémillon character to poke through even at this early stage. The palate shows much more potential, presenting lovely lemon curd, toffee apple and white chocolate notes. The acidity is nicely judged, although that toffee note makes me wonder exactly how this will age. A second bottle showed less conspicuous toffee-ish notes and was much more in line with how I expect the wineto show. My score is based on this bottle.” 91 Points - Neil Martin Vinous

Vinification notes

The deep root system and high skin to pulp ratio of these old vineyards produce intensely complex, well-structured wines with an unbelievable ageing potential. It is important for us to respect the character of these unique sites and we follow a similar philosophy in the cellar. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and spontaneous fermentation takes place in classic barrique and concrete eggs. We mature our Semillon for 14 months at low temperatures without adding sulphur to ensure that we inhibit any malolactic activity. This oxidative approach at low temperatures enables us to enhance the textural elements of our old vine Semillon, creating structure in a wine that can certainly stand the test of time. The slightly riper 2017 vintage year is reflected in the rich texture which we expect to eventually evolve into typical secondary notes, although hints of the classic lanolin, lemon curd and beeswax are already evident in the wine.