Favourite wine at Caroline’s White Wine Review 2014 last night was the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012. From Franschhoek vineyards, one block planted in 1902 and another in 1942, this is real “vieilles vignes” stuff.
Harvest started about two weeks later than average and winemaker Jean Smit says that it was the first time some of the juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and this has definitely added an extra dimension. Maturation was in French oak, 95% new for 13 months and 5% Sauvignon Blanc gets blended prior to bottling for freshness.
The nose is very forthcoming, pungent almost. Citrus, peach, thatch, some lanolin and an exotic` floral note – roses at the end of bloom. The wine is juicy upfront thanks to great fruit concentration but has a gently savoury finish. There’s real depth of flavour here plus nicely coated acidity and the oak simply adds body rather than any real flavour. Already hugely impressive, it will only get better in the next three to five years.