Aquifer Semillon, Boutinot, Swartland, South Africa 2015

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Aquifer Semillon, Boutinot, Swartland, South Africa 2015


This ridiculously inexpensive wallflower caught our eye amidst a sea of more expensive attention-seekers one sunny afternoon tasting wines assembled under the banner of South Africa's 'Old Vine Project' inspired by the registry of old Cape vineyards, curated by renowned viticulturist, Rosa Kruger.

t's a wine that reels you in without the garish bait of toasty oak, but with subtle aromas that intrigue you and make you edge closer. There's some very fine fruit in here (50+ year-old vines) and the fact that they barrel-ferment in new French oak only adds to the dissonance that occurs when you glance back at the price tag. It comes from a block of Semillon has been that has been struggling, unirrigated, since 1966; a scrubby old bush-vine vineyard owned by a barefoot farmer, called Barry (fondly referred to as ‘Barefoot Barry’). In this hot and dusty place these vines seem to have found their balance – keeping low against the sun and shading their precious grapes, the sandy soil helping to keep them disease free. The roots, however, have dug deep into the soil and discovered a thirst quenching 'aquifer' (underground river), hence the name. Wonderful aromas of fresh lime, eucalyptus and hot sandy soil, with a slightly rocky, dried lemon peel flavour but, most of all, a taut, precise layered palate with bright acidity and real breadth. Fantastic value! 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020

Press review:

Jancis Robinson MW:
"51-year-old vines. Tangy, exciting and mouth-filling. Excellent fruit/acid balance. Definitely under-priced! Very Good Value. Drink 2016-2021" 16.5 points

Customer comments:

"It isn't just good for the price - it really tastes like something very special indeed." - Mr J.W.

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