Young Guns and New Wave Producers

Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

Young Gun and New Wave Producers
  • Boekenhoutskloof; Semillon; 2004; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000

About this Item

Semillon, 2004
3 (1 x 3) 750ml

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776 and since it’s modern era makeover in 1993 it has been under the guidance of maverick spirit, Marc Kent. Unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, Marc is the chief winemaker and driving force behind the dynamic farm, co-founded by the similarly innovative late Tim Rands.

The Boekenhoutskloof Semillon has been predominantly sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in South Africa, planted in 1902 on alluvial soils with a high loam content. The age-worthy Bordeaux-styled white is one of SA’s most underrated wines.

Winemaker's personal tasting note: 'The deep root system and high skin to pulp ratio of these old vineyards produce intensely complex, well-structured wines with an unbelievable ageing potential. It is important for us to respect the character of these unique sites and we follow a similar philosophy in the cellar. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and spontaneous fermentation takes place in classic barrique and concrete eggs. We mature our Semillon for 14 months at low temperatures without adding sulphur to ensure that we inhibit any malolactic activity. This oxidative approach at low temperatures enables us to enhance the textural elements of our old vine Semillon, creating structure in a wine that can certainly stand the test of time.'

Critics Ratings

‘Remarkably bright, straw yellow appearance. Savoury, almost Manzanilla-like saline nose with an underbelly of pithy stone fruit and rock minerals. The palate confirms the staggering tight freshness of this Semillon, showing cool tension that almost requires more time! Concentrated power from old vines, but in a light, elegant and bone-dry frame. Completely integrated oak. One of SA’s most age-able white wines in peak drinking condition.’ – Higgo Jacobs, 98/100 (2020)

'The 04 showed brilliant honey, wax and yellow peach nuances with pear purée and a most impressive, dense tight knit texture'. - Greg Sherwood MW, 94+/100 (Oct 2016)

'The 2004 Semillon, has a lovely bouquet with yellow plum, lemon sherbet and orange zest, even if it does not have the same brightness as the 2006. The palate is well balanced with a gorgeous creamy texture, lemon curd, ginger, rhubarb and white pepper.' - Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Jun 2023)

‘A subtle aroma of persimmon gives way to a ripe palate of tangerine, blood orange and almond notes backed by fine acidity. A nice waxy edge caresses the finish. Could put on some weight with modest cellaring.’ – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 90/100 (2007)


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