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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2011

With the Cape weather not yet mild enough to make Sauvignon Blanc an enticing proposition, I thought I’d opt something rich and textural like a wooded Semillon with a bit of age on it. A 2010 from a leading Constantia producer under cork unfortunately showed premature oxidation and I therefore took no further chances and [...]

August 26, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2014

The 2014 vintage of The Old Vine Series Kokerboom made by Eben Sadie is demanding stuff. From Olifantsrivier Semillon, the vineyards were planted in the 1930s and include both the white-berried and the red-berried form of the grape. On the nose, lime, pear, white peach, red table grape, thatch, dried herbs and some yeasty complexity [...]

August 25, 2015
by Christian
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2013

Attie Louw, winemaker at Slanghoek winery Opstal seems to be growing in confidence – first the very accomplished Chenin Blanc under the Carl Everson label and now a wooded Semillon from the 2013 vintage, named “The Barber”, after Louw’s grandfather who cut the hair of soldiers serving in Italy during World War II before he [...]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2013

Kokerboom 2013 is part of Eben Sadie’s acclaimed The Old Vine Series and when I came across a bottle at Wine Concepts on Kloof for R245 a bottle back in December, there wasn’t much deliberation prior to purchase. From Olifantsrivier vineyards planted in the 1930s, both the white-berried and the red-berried form of the Semillon [...]

January 29, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2013 vs Oak Valley Semillon 2013

I went through a phase not so long ago of being unenamoured with local single-variety Semillon as most examples were too weird but those working with it seem to be treating  it with real love and attention and there are currently some really interesting examples around. The Franschhoek Vineyards 2013 (R95 a bottle) was recently [...]

November 5, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Môreson Knoputibak 2012

Is Franschhoek Semillon some kind of magic ingredient that automatically lifts your white blend from good to great? Chris Alheit’s Cartology has a dash of it as John Seccombe’s Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse. Clayton Reabow of Franschhoek cellar Môreson has come up with a wine called Knoputibak (“no-putty-back” – get it?) which sees Chardonnay [...]

October 30, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Landau du Val Semillon 2012

Not one but two extraordinary wines from Franschhoek Semillon in the space of a week – first the Boekenhoutskloof 2012 (see here) and then the Landau du Val Semillon 2012. From an unirrigated, bushvine vineyard planted in 1906, the wine was made by Wynand Grobler of Rickety Bridge, the wine matured for 12 months in [...]

October 27, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012

Favourite wine at Caroline’s White Wine Review 2014 last night was the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012. From Franschhoek vineyards, one block planted in 1902 and another in 1942, this is real “vieilles vignes” stuff. Harvest started about two weeks later than average and winemaker Jean Smit says that it was the first time some of the [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
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