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Exclusive Offer on Boekenhoutskloof Top Wines

Hot on the heels of their award as Winery of the Year in the new John Platter Guide, we are delighted to bring you an exclusive, strictly limited offer of the iconic Boekenhoutskloof wines.

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm's name means "ravine of the Boekenhout" (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.

In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier. Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind the dynamic farm. A maverick spirit, Marc is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, but his principal commitment is to quality on every level and in every detail.

The wines:

- Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2009 (14.47% Alc) - £28.95  case x 6 £156.33

- The fruit for this wine has been sourced from a single site in Wellington since 1998, because of the unmistakable character of the decomposed granite there.  The complexity of the wine benefits from diversity in grape maturity from different picks throughout a two week period.  Following post-fermentation maceration the wine was transferred to French barrels where it remained for 18 months before a light fining and then a final 9 months in oak.

- Tasting note: The resulting wine has unmistakable white pepper on the nose, with arguably the most intense floral and mineral notes in the history of this wine. Also hints of cloves and leather.  The concentrated spicy fruit, especially the blackberries and cherries on the nose carries through onto the palate with remarkable freshness, complexity and purity. Textured, composed and seamless in style.

- Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2010* (14.55% Alc) - £28.99  case x 6 £156.33


- Tasting note: The nose is laced with copious amounts of blueberry, white pepper and meaty undertones which follow through on the palate.  Superb layering of dark fruits and minerality.  This is a sensational vintage with remarkable freshness, complexity and purity.  The frim structure and seamless acidity will easily take this wine into the 2020s.

- Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet 2010 (13.64% Alc) - £28.95 case x 6 £156.33

- Planted on the sandy north facing slopes around the estate. Following fermentation the wine’s structure and depth of fruit was such that the wine was aged for 27 months in new French oak (Sylvain) barrels for 27 months. It was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

- The Cabernet is usually the most sought after of Mark Kent's quality bottlings and JN sell out of it within months of release.

- Tasting note: At first blackberries, mulberries, musk and eucalyptus with floral undertones. Tobacco, vanilla, strawberries and cream and an unmistakable minerality develops in the glass. Yet again this vineyard produced a wine with an endless backbone of acidity on the palate which is lined with a core of firm ripe tannins.

- Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2010 (13.87% Alc) - £21.50 case x 6 £116.10

- Franschhoek’s first Semillon vineyards were planted in 1902 on the alluvial soils of the riverbed with its high loam content. The grapes are pressed as whole bunches with the juice settling for 48 hours. The wine is then fermented and stored at 5°C. 100 % new French oak is used, but because the maturation is done at such low temperatures, the extracting from the oak is minimal. No battonage is done. 7% Sauvignon from the 2011 vintage is blended back to ensure a high natural acidity and freshness.

- Tasting note: Spiced orange peel, peach blossom, cut straw and lemon marmalade that lasts for ages on the nose. Undertones of vanilla pod with hints of beeswax starting to develop. It shows a remarkable structure and tight mineral acidity underneath its weighty texture  accentuated by the extended lees contact. Vibrant and fresh with massive citrus concentration.