The classic nose intrigues with alluring aromas of peach blossom, nectarine, subtle honeysuckle and whiffs of ginger and angelica. The stone fruit and floral beeswax character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex palate showing an abundance of ripe yellow peach, quince and hints of spicy, poached pear and candied orange peel. Not cloying at all, the mid-palate surprises with its elegance and balance, unctuous mouthfeel and precise, vibrant acidity. The wine finishes gently with grapefruit and mandarin zest lingering on the aftertaste.
Our colleague Damon managed to jump on the first flight to Cape Town, along with a leading sommelier, as soon as restrictions were lifted (all too temporarily) back in November for our annual tour of the vineyards. This was their wine of the trip. Made by Gottfried Mocke, winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof since 2016, named by Tim Atkin MW as his winemaker of the year in 2021. This is made exclusively from plantings on their Swartland property Goldmine, that borders the Mullineux's Roundstone property just outside Riebeek Kasteel. Gottfried explained that the fruit from here is amazing, and finally in the 2019 vintage, the vines have come of age and the wine that he started making experimental quantities of a few years ago has shifted up a couple of gears. They can footstomp and micro-vinify in separate foudres, and do everything you'd do in a small domaine.