Kokerboom 2013 is part of Eben Sadie’s acclaimed The Old Vine Series and when I came across a bottle at Wine Concepts on Kloof for R245 a bottle back in December, there wasn’t much deliberation prior to purchase. From Olifantsrivier vineyards planted in the 1930s, both the white-berried and the red-berried form of the Semillon grape were used to make this wine.
Peach, apple and hay on the nose and with time in the glass, also a little earthiness and perhaps marzipan. Extraordinarily pure, concentrated fruit on the palate – succulent on entry but the acidity providing punch, the finish long and savoury with a touch of quinine-like bitterness. Has a freshness that suggests an alcohol by volume well below its actual 14.5%.