Semillon 2008 Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek South Africa
Winespoint rating: 93/100
Nose – pronounced and full, fresh lemon salty butter and vanilla custard pudding with bananas, apricots , lemons. Complex on the nose. On the palate medium dry with medium (great) acidity with medium alcohol and medium + body (almost full ). Its sweeter on the nose than on the palate, first sip presents very minor sweetness but due to a high level of fruit flavors you don’t miss any sweet tones. Further, the acidity comes up right after you whirl it. It is a dry wine, indeed. It reminds me of well done burgundy particularly in the way it presents itself as a whole. Very similar to chardonnay grape. It is an elegant piece of wine. Lanolin is coming up after 30 min of opening. It is definitely oily in some way and smooth. After a while it is also approaching a salty palate even more but don’t be confused – just modestly.
It is drink now and still suitable for cellaring. Great balance in the wine – flavours in flow with structure, well made. First Semillon vineyards planted in Boekenhoutskloof in 1902 and more added in 1942!
100% new French oak is used, but because the maturation is done at such low temperatures, the extracting from the oak is minimal. When the wine was taken out of barrel, 5% of Sauvignon Blanc in year 2009 was blended in to enhance the vibrancy and freshness. 2008 was exceptional vintage.
The notes from winemaker: …. this wine will be one of the most complex and balanced ever to be produced from these 106 year old vines…
Well not much needs to be added to this review.