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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008

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Rather a year too early than a day too late.
Rather a year too early than a day too late.

When to catch the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek at its best? It tends to be sullen on release but then transforms into something very good some five years on from vintage. A recent bottle of 2007 was impressive if ever so slightly short of verve (see here) and so last night a bottle of 2008.

Lime, yellow apple, thatch and a subtle lanolin-like quality. It appeared riper but somehow also fresher than the 2007. Sophisticated and demanding. – no overt signs of oak despite spending 13 months in 100% new French oak barrels and a wonderfully savoury finish.

Score: 93/100.

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