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Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776 in the fertile and stunningly beautiful Franschhoek Valley of South Africa. It has had a rather chequered history, at times neglected and falling into disrepair, but in 1993 the farm was bought, completely restored and planted with new vineyards by winemaker Marc Kent, the late Tim Rands [the founder of Vinimark], and five other wine enthusiasts. Kent is known as the “Maverick” winemaker because he is an enterprising character who produces unconventional wines and is not afraid to experiment. In Franschhoek they have some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa, and additionally have wine farms in Swartland predominately planted with Syrah. There is also a project under way in the cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde [Heaven and Earth] Valley near Hermanus for the production of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their wines are made with organic principles and minimal intervention, and they have recently started to work with amphora imported from Italy. Boekenhoutskloof means “ravine of the Boekenhout” [pronounced Book-n-Howed], and refers to an indigenous Cape Beech tree that is esteemed for furniture making – this is honoured by the depiction of seven chairs on their Boekenhoutskloof label. The range also includes the entry level, everyday drinking The Wolftrap, and Porcupine Ridge, and the iconic and completely sublime red blend, The Chocolate Block – the origin of this name in unclear, as Boekenhoutkloof rather mysteriously decline to reveal its provenance. Boekenhoutkloof are a globally celebrated winery who produce some of the very best wines that South Africa has to offer – in the 2020 Platter's Wine Guide they were awarded South Africa's Winery of the Year.