WTN: 2006 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon Franschhoek
Nice peachy nose. On the palate, candlewax and cooked grapefruit, with well-integrated oak. Medium finish. 13%. The label depicts a row of chairs, so I went to http://www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/ to find that “Beech Ravine” and the chairs are a ref to the furniture-friendly wood originally grown on the current vineyard site. This was $30 from K&L, but WS shows E coast sellers at $19, and the wine’s a good deal at that price.
To veer a bit towards a recent thread here, whether choice of food or wine is primary: We wanted something that was fairly neutral because SA wines are new to us and we wanted the wine to shine without interference. So we paired this with baked Pacific cod, rice, and snow peas with a bit of grated ginger. Turns out that this wine is not acidic enough to stand up to a sauce of mayonnaise and horseradish, but works great with just lemon on the fish. The peas and ginger were good. So we adjusted and had a fine meal for the two of us on Thursday night—my point being that whether one selects the wine for the food or vice-versa, ad-hoc adjustments make the best meal possible.