Boekenhoutskloof Semillon has previously been described as possibly one of the world’s best Semillons and it just seems to get better each year. The old vines from one of the oldest vineyards in South Africa and the alluvial soils add to the complexity, texture and ageing potential of the wine. In Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2020 2% of old vine Muscat d’Alexandrie was added for its acidity and aromatics. Lighter in colour than in some previous vintages, Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2020 manages to combine the richness and waxy texture of Semillon with crisp acidity and aromas and flavours that are predominantly of citrus fruits – lemon and grapefruit though many other flavours are evident like chamomile, apple and lemongrass with hints of nuttiness and minerality. The wine is part matured in oak but at low temperatures so there is little extraction and the effect on flavours is more buttery than spice and toast. The wine has a lovely creamy texture and a richness which is balanced by a tangy acidity. Lovely long and complex finish.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2020 is drinking beautifully now and will develop further over the next few years.
Boekenhoutskloof wines are well made using organic principles and minimal intervention; that approach and the use of grapes from old bush vines makes for intense flavours and good structure. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs, in the words of the winery “to pay tribute to the skills of 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.” Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind Boekenhoutskloof. He likes to experiment with the unconventional but his principal commitment is to quality.