Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012 Front Label
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012 Front Label

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012

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750ML / 12.75% ABV
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750ML / 12.75% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Lemon blossom, quince and white peach, with crushed seashell notes that adds to the liveliness of this wine. Cut straw and waxy tones develop in the glass which reveals its true complexity. The palate shows lime, delicate texture and an incredible salty mineral finish.

Blend: 95% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc

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Gorgeous nectarine and tangerine notes lead the way, followed by creamy-textured persimmon and peach flavors. Shows a racy edge through the finish, with an orange blossom note lingering. Long and pure, and should age well. Drink now through 2023.
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Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa
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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 Bookn-Howed). The 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 program was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon, and Viognier. Today, Marc Kent is the owner, chief winemaker, and driving force behind the dynamic farm. 

The Story of the Seven Chairs

The Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and the thonged seat from the late 18th century. Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century; it has a plain back and a shaped top rail with half-round opening. The chairs on the wine labels all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine winemaking.


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Originally named Franschhoek meaning the “French Corner” because it was home to the influx of French Huguenots, today the valley contains many historic cellars and is an important tourist location because of its proximity to Cape Town.

This valley falls to the southeast of Paarl and is enclosed on three sides by towering mountains. Streams from the slopes flow down to the valley floor, converging to form the Berg River. The area excels in the production of full-bodied reds.

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Sémillon has the power to create wines with considerable structure, depth and length that will improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the vivdly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon especially shines in the Bordeaux region of Sauternes, which produces some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. Somm Secret—Sémillon was so common in South Africa in the 1820s, covering 93% of the country’s vineyard area, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

RGL0612533SX_2012 Item# 163422

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