South Africa is enjoying something of a moment in the sun. The wines have come of age in some sense and there is a genuine sense of excitement about this country. The climate is ideal for growing grapes, the winemakers are well travelled, well-educated and they possess an exciting mix of creativity and a genuine desire to make authentic, terroir-driven wines. These people are passionate about what they do, where they come from and all have very exciting ideas about the future of this country and the kind of wines they can produce.
Award winning winery Boekenhoutskloof is well-established and produces highly respected wines from the Franschoek region of South Africa. With winemaker Marc Kent at the helm the wines have gone from strength to strength and the top wines are sold under allocation as they have more demand for the wines than they can supply.
Franschhoek region is famous for its French heritage, its cuisine, its beautiful landscape and its vibrant culture. Winemaking is very much knitted into the fabric of this region and these Boekenhoutskloof wines offer the opportunity to taste a little bit of what this country is all about.
The quality of the wines is exceptional – of that there is no doubt. The wines have an elegance that is highly reminiscent of European wines but they have a depth and intensity of fruit flavour that is unmistakeably South African.
Marc has spent some time in the northern Rhône and clearly has a serious affinity for Syrah. He uses gentle methods of mixing the skins with the juice to extract flavour, colour and aromatic compounds from the skins without harsh tannins. The oak treatment is very light handed and the resulting wine captures the beauty of Syrah – beautifully scented, richly fruity, savoury and well balanced with fine tannins.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is just as sympathetically made, with methods that suit this more structured grape. This time the wine spends 26 months in new French oak barrels which complements the greater depth of black fruit the wine naturally has. A longer maceration brings out the structure giving a wine that will age easily for a decade or more.
We have a small allocation of each of these wines heading to our shores now. To reserve yours, please click on the links above and we will deliver the wines when they get here (anticipated early November).
Orders are limited to a maximum of 12 bottles per customer. NB case discount applies to purchases of 12 bottles min.