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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • The grapes are sourced from three vineyards, planted in 1902, 1936 and 1942. Fermented spontaneously and aged for 14 months in barriques (90%) and concrete eggs (10%). No MLF. 13,85% alcohol 2,2 g/l residual sugar, 5,0 g/l acidity and pH 3,40. Tasted in a Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon 2017-2005 vertical.

    Youthful, pale yellow-green color. Youthful, expressive and quite nuanced nose with aromas of ripe red apples, some candied gummi bear tones, a little bit of creamy oak, light notes of savory wood spice and even a whiff of sawdust, a hint of sweet, tropical fruit and a touch of fresh stone fruits. Quite a bit of fruit and sweetness here. The wine is full-bodied, ripe and firm on the palate with rather concentrated flavors of spicy red apples and, exotic spices, some creamy notes of panna cotta, light toasty oak tones, a little bit of sweet apricot and fruit candies, a hint of stony minerality and a touch of savory wood spice. The high acidity lends good sense of balance and structure to the wine, while the touch of residual sugar lends a subtly sweet edge to the flavors. The finish is rich, long and spicy with complex flavors of apricots, exotic spices, some creamy oak, light notes of savory wood spice, a little bit of slivered almond and a hint of apple jam.

    A very youthful yet still very sophisticated and harmonious new world Sémillon with lots of ripeness and quite a bit of concentration. Overall the wine feels a bit too young for its own good; the fruit still retains a bit too sweet primary edge and the oaky tones are somewhat to the fore. However, as a whole, the wine shows good overall potential and is definitely built for the long run. Let the wine wait for a few years just to let it get its game together, or wait for 8-10 years to let the wine develop some tertiary complexity and reach another level altogether. Perhaps a bit pricey for the quality at 38,89€, but most likely will be worth if let to age and grow into its full potential.

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  • Delicious - vibrant peaches and apricots on the nose. In Mrs H's words: "Sunshine in a glass"!

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  • A wine on the up.
    Significant viscosity, vanilla oak core and packed with dense ripe but fresh stoned fruits. Full but dry. Big in every sense!
    Drinking well already but this, I sense, has a bit of the Riesling evolutionary about it. Now and, I suspect, up to 15yrs from vintage. 90+?+

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  • A blend of 98% Sémillon and 2% Muscat d'Alexandrie. Old bush vines (the oldest from 1902) on alluvial soils. Pressed with the stems, spontaneous fermentation and 14 month maturation in 90% new French oak and 10% concrete eggs. Non malo, 13.5% ABV, a relatively small production of 10,000 bottles. Pale lemon colour. This is quite a powerhouse - they don't do subtle here. Lots of toasty and spicy oak, ripe but not tropical fruit (lemon, orange, melon), concentrated and creamy palate with lovely balancing fresnhess (TA 5 gr/l), rich but dry (RS 2.3 gr/l), vanilla on the finish. At restaurant Neni, Amsterdam, NL.

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