The Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon has been predominantly sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in South Africa, planted in 1902 on alluvial soils with a high loam content. Grapes are further sourced from two other low yielding parcels also grown within the Franschhoek Valley and planted in 1936 and 1942 on original rootstock and traditional bush vines. Due to even smaller yields than before and the ongoing dry growing conditions, 2017 delivered small-clustered, healthy fruit – ideal for creating rich wines with concentration and structure.
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