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Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Semillon 2009

Pride of Franschhoek.

Does Franschhoek make enough of its Semillon? Top of the pile is that from Boekenhoutskloof but the more you explore other examples, the more it appears that this is a local speciality. It typically presents in a fashion unlike that grown anywhere … [Read more...]

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008

Rather a year too early than a day too late.

When to catch the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek at its best? It tends to be sullen on release but then transforms into something very good some five years on from vintage. A recent bottle of 2007 was impressive if ever so slightly … [Read more...]

Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

Slayer of dragons.

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some … [Read more...]

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2007

Vieilles vignes.

Much ado about old vines in recent times but the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof has long featured such grapes – the oldest parcel planted “around 1900” and another block in 1942 on the Franschhoek riverbed. For supper on Friday night, a steaming … [Read more...]

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2007

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Shifts in the wine industry might occur slowly but they occur definitively even so, witness the fact that at the beginning of the 19th century, 90% of local vineyard plantings consisted of “groendruif”, supposedly Semillon, this dropping to 40% by … [Read more...]

Steenberg Semillon 2011

The power of one.

Some grapes are destined to work better in blends than on their own. With respect to Argentina, who really wants to drink single-variety Malbec? Petit Verdot unaccompanied is always overbearing for me while Mourvèdre alone is just unnecessarily hard … [Read more...]