First imported to South Africa in 1967, this grape is a bit of rarity in the world with only 77 hectares planted. A cross between Sylvaner and Trollinger, it is believed to have been developed by the winery owner and Sebastian Englerth in Randersacker, in the Franconia region of Germany in 1864.
South Africa has the most substantial planting, with the majority of the grapes being grown in the Swartland and Cederberg, where the dry conditions are suitable for this grape that is susceptible to powdery mildew and leaf roll virus. Bukettraube is also found in smaller quantities in Germany, Alsace, Spain and Zimbabwe.
Also known as:
It is also known as Bocksbeutel, Bouquet Blanc, Bouquet Traube, Bouquettraube, Boxer, Buket, Bukettrebe, Bukettriesling, Sylvaner Musqué, and Würzburge.
On the vine:
A late ripening, large berried, tough skinned grape with a bronze or yellow green colour. The grapes form in conical bunches. It is susceptible to powdery mildew and leaf roll virus. As well as being partial to sunburn.
In the bottle:
The wines are Muscat like in aroma, with notes of peaches, apricot, and pear. The use of oak leads to buttery and slightly spicy flavours. It was traditionally used to create sweet wines.
Drink now, not suitable for further ageing
Pale lemon in colour. One the nose there are muscat aromas – floral, apricot and honey. On the palate – dried apricot and tropical pineapple and litchi. Off dry, light bodied, high acidity with a medium plus finish. Drink now, not suitable for further ageing.
Seeing as it’s off dry, I’d pair this with some heat. Spicy seafood would be delicious, as would a chicken curry. But don’t exclude the option of dessert – apple pie perhaps?
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Other wines to try:
Swartland Winery Signature Bukettraube, Robertson Beaukett, Gustus Bukettraube