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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 750ml 2011
Sku: 1851944
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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Paarl
Appellation: Franschhoek
Grape Varietal: Semillon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $36.29
On Sale $30.79
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Wine Spectator 93 points - Gorgeously pure, offering tangerine, white peach and clementine notes laced with chamomile, orange blossom and honeysuckle flavors. The long, mineral-driven finish has terrific cut and ample citrus oil and singed almond flavors in reserve. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2016 through 2022. 200 cases imported.-JM  (Feb 28 2015)

Wine Advocate 92 points - Marc Kent (who seems to look slightly different every time I meet him) is Franschhoek’s most respected winemaker, someone whose contribution to South Africa’s renaissance cannot be overstated, not just at the top level through Boekenhoutskloof, but via his hugely successful Wolftrap and Porcupine Ridge labels. In my last report, I suggested that nobody can rest on their laurels and that everyone needs to look forward and progress. Marc Kent is no different. He is switched on to the demands of the future, which is evident in what you might describe the gradual ””toning down”” of his wines in recent years. Part of his long-term strategy is to instill more regional identity into his wines, so for example “The Chocolate Block” that hitherto has been designated the rather amorphous “Western Cape” Wine of Origin, will be Swartland from 2015, while from 2014 the Syrah moves from Wellington to Porselainberg. In tandem with changes in terms of sourcing grapes, there are changes in the winery. “We have invested in more foudres,” he explained. “We’ve bought Stockinger and Pauscha and used less barriques across the ranges, including the Chocolate Block. The only component that sees new wood is the Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve found that the wines are more integrated after elevage.” The Porcupine Ridge label has been a massive success in both the UK and Canada, whereas in the United States Wolftrap is much more popular (see separate entry). For an introduction to South Africa, this remains a great place to start. (Oct 2014)

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Wine maker notes
Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. Our Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century. Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century, it has a plain back and a shaped top rail with half-round opening. The chairs on our wine label all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ”ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.

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