2012 Boekenhoutskloof Old Vine Semillon Franschhoek

SKU #1231685 92 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous nectarine and tangerine notes lead the way, followed by creamy-textured persimmon and peach flavors. Shows a racy edge through the finish, with an orange blossom note lingering. Long and pure, and should age well. (JM)  (4/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Brilliant yellow-green. Sharply focused aromas of yellow fruits, white plum and dried herbs. Juicy, dry and classic, showing building pliancy and sweetness as it opens in the glass. Citrus peel and a waxy lanolin quality are complicated by sexy oak tones. Bone-dry at 1.3 g/l r.s., this Semillon should make a very flexible wine at the dinner table. Marc Kent noted that the estate is now picking earlier for more freshness. (ST)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite a floral nose. Tight and green with some beeswax. Low acid. But good tension.  (1/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
A classic Semillon with its creamy texture and lanolin, dry flowers, pineapple, peaches honey, but dry and with a touch of earthy minerality. Very appealing and although an easy drinker it is very complex and will pair very well with spicy foods, or fish with creamy sauces.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5