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Boekenhoutskloof - Semillon 2018

White wine from Paarl · South Africa
£40.95 £32.00
Case Rate: £32.00
Ex Tax: £26.67
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Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Semillon
Grape Percentage: 100% Semillon
Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: NOW -2028
Limited Stock: (6 btls)
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4.5 stars  Platter's South African Wine Guide
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Semillon
Grape Percentage: 100% Semillon
Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: NOW -2028

Description

Our Semillon is made from Certified Old Vine Vineyards, among some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa. These Franschhoek Semillon vineyards have acclimated to the harsh growing conditions and poor alluvial soils in which they grow, producing unique wines with intense depth and complexity. The deep root system and high skin to pulp ratio of these old vineyards produce intensely complex, well-structured wines with unbelievable ageing potential. 
 
Two of the vineyards used for our Semillon planted 1902, and 1942 are unirrigated bushvines growing on little to no slope in the ancient Franschhoek Riverbed. Both these vineyards are ungrafted and are well established in alluvial soils with a high loam content. The third vineyard planted 1936, is located further up the valley on 45-degree south-facing slope on decomposed granite and quartz. Some of the vines within all these vineyards have naturally mutated from Semillon to Semillon Gris which have a slight red hue and higher skin-to-pulp ratio. The Semillon Gris vines naturally require more time to ripen and are harvested during a second picking. We opted to use a small portion of Muscat d'Alexandie, planted 1902, to enhance the wine's aromatic character.
 

Wine tasting notes

The 2018 Semillon vintage had excellent growing conditions with a good set and even ripening, delivering healthy fruit – ideal for creating rich wines with concentration and structure. The Semillon Gris and Semillon Blanc ripened more evenly than previous vintages with little to no extreme weather conditions during the harvest period. We are incredibly excited about this vintage; the wine shows excellent structure without being overly phenolic and therefore more expressive in its youth than previous vintages.

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

www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za

Expert reviews

Platter's South African Wine Guide (2018) - 4.5 stars

Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2021 – “Glorious 2018 walks delicate line between classic orange peel, wax & dried herb flavours shining through subtle oaking & edged with the zesty acidity of truly venerable vines (oldest dating back to 1902). 4% muscat d’Alexandrie, all naturally fermented (like most of these wines). An infant, lots more to come.”


Tim Atkin (2018) - 95 pts

Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2020 – “Boekenhoutskloof’s Semillon is the only wine that Gottfried Mocke makes from a flat vineyard – and what a site it is, planted in 1902 on François Malherbe’s farm. Blended with a 40% contribution from much steeper La Colline, it’s subtly wooded, with lanolin, citrus and some stony sap, lovely balance and just a hint of extra perfume from a splash of Muscat d’Alexandrie. 2021-28”

Vinification notes

Grapes are whole bunch pressed and spontaneously fermented in 225L classic barriques and concrete eggs. Maturation occurs at low temperatures, without sulphur additions, for 14 months in 70% new French Oak barriques and 30% in concrete eggs. This oxidative approach at low temperatures enables us to enhance our old vine Semillon's textural elements, creating structure in a wine that can certainly stand the test of time. The Muscat'd Alexndie is fermented and matured in clay amphora.