When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap we once discovered goes to show. Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so we created this wine to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
The nose is complex and forthcoming, offering red plums, cranberry, pomegranate and enticing spicy aromas. Fresh cherries and the red fruit of the nose follow through onto a very balanced, well-rounded, smooth palate, also showing dark berry fruit, nectarine and white cling peach flavours. The wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and textured with integrated natural acidity. It ends clean and fresh with an attractive dark berry note and hints of exotic spices and stone fruit. Great mouthfeel and complexity for a wine made in this style and a very versatile partner to everything from seafood to hot Thai dishes.
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. Boekenhoutskloof.. read more
A method known as Saignee or bleeding was used to draw juice from the grapes prior to fermentation. Specially selected rosé yeast strains were used this year for its serious berry fruit flavours. The use of more Grenache Noir this year certainly also contributed to the abundant red berry character of the wine. The blend was cold-fermented in stainless steel prior to sterile filtration and bottling.