Much ado about old vines in recent times but the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof has long featured such grapes – the oldest parcel planted “around 1900” and another block in 1942 on the Franschhoek riverbed.
For supper on Friday night, a steaming bowl of truffle pasta and the 2007. Fermentation begun in tank and completed in barrel. Malolactic fermentation inhibited and maturation lasting 13 months in French oak, 100% new. 5% of 2008 vintage Sauvignon Blanc added for freshness.
Yellow apple, spice, hay and thatch. A pronounced wet wool note and some savoury developed character. Good weight without being thick textured. Not perfect ( I would’ve liked just a little more verve and freshness) but utterly engaging.