Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2019

By , 29 July 2022



This wine combines fruit from three Semillon vineyards planted in 1902, 1936 and 1942 respectively plus a small portion of Muscat d’Alexandrie from a 1902 vineyard. As for winemaking, this involved spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 14 months, 70% in new French oak barrels and 30% in concrete egg.

The nose shows pronounced smoky, flinty notes before hay, blackcurrant and white peach while the palate has massive fruit concentration matched by bright acidity, a pithy quality to the finish. It’s an intense and forceful wine which needs plenty of time in bottle before it gives true pleasure. Price: R370 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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    Alexander Wilson | 27 October 2022

    Thoughts on “plenty of bottle time” for this vintage, or what vintages that drink well atm?

      Christian Eedes | 27 October 2022

      Hi Alexander, I wouldn’t touch the 2019 for at least the next three years but it should go for quite a while longer than that. It’s a famously long-lived wine – I was lucky to drink a 2009 last year that was sublime.

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