Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013 Front Label
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013 Front Label

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013

  • D95
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750ML / 13.1% ABV
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750ML / 13.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Yellow peaches and cream, an appley freshness, almonds and a pithy minerality. Waxy secondary flavors already adds to the complexity of this captivating wine. A strikingly tighter acidity compared to the past few vintages. White peach and an enticing viscosity fills a delicate frame with its typical salty mineral lift. Texturally it is up there with the 2008.

Critical Acclaim

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D 95
Decanter
Ageworthy, from vines more than 100 years old. Waxy lemon richness underpinned by fresh acidity from a bit of Sauvignon Blanc. Drink 2016-2023.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Lovely tangerine, clementine, orange and ginger notes stream through, allied to a lightly waxy texture, showing pretty floral hints and good underlying zip. Long and alluring. Drink now through 2020.
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Boekenhoutskloof

Boekenhoutskloof

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Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa
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The name "Boekenhoutskloof" comes from the Cape beech, or Kaapse boekenhout, a tree indigenous to Franschhoek and once used by the Cape Dutch for furniture making. It is pronounced, not easily, bok-un-hoatscloof. The winery's white-washed, Dutch-style farmhouse, dated 1771, once stood in an orchard; pears still plump up in the trees around it. Kent and his partners, including South Africa's consummate ad-men John Hunt and Reg Lascaris, have never advertised the wine. And still the bottles - each with a sleek hand-torn label picturing seven different Capestyle chairs, one for each partner - keep selling out.

Kent is now studying to be a master of wine, one of three in South Africa taking the seriously competitive international course rather than the regional one. He's not got hubris enough to presume the post himself; he's already saturated in the business of making Boekenhoutskloof, as well as the winery's second label, Porcupine Ridge.

While he sounds casual about his craft ("It's a series of decisions, and when you make them"), small details give away his obsessive streak. His dogs are called Petrus and Gaja.

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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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An unassuming but noble variety capable of wines with considerable structure, depth and length, Sémillon has the power to create wines that improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the aromatic and vivid Sauvignon Blanc; the two are most commonly found blended in their home region of Bordeaux. Sémillon especially shines in Sauternes, one 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.”

RGL0613533SX_2013 Item# 154900

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