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Boekenhoutskloof - Cap Martime Chardonnay 2018

White wine from Overberg · South Africa
£43.95 £33.00
Case Rate: £33.00
Ex Tax: £27.50
Country:
Wine Region: Overberg
Wine Area: Hemel-en-Aarde
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
Limited Stock: (1 btls)
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87 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Overberg
Wine Area: Hemel-en-Aarde
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Description

Marc Kent is the owner, chief winemaker, and driving force behind Cap Maritime. Marc has always considered the Hemelen-Aarde Valley as one of the most exciting places to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in South Africa, and with Cap Maritime, Boekenhoutskloof has created wines that capture the essence of their origin, while at the same time representing a style of wine to which the winery aspires. A maverick spirit, he is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, but his principal commitment is to quality on every level and in
every detail. Marc is also the owner of Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Porcupine Ridge, The Wolftrap, and Helderberg Winery

Wine tasting notes

The nose is delicate and refined with its complex aromas of lemon, yellow apple, pear, and starfruit. Rich flavors of quince, lime, honeydew melon, and crème fraîche dominate an opulent, full, yet vibrant palate. The wine is supple and precise with poised acidity and freshness. The mid-palate shows incredible balance with subtle nuances of pie crust and blanched almonds from exceptional oak handling, creating intensity with the rich texture and pure fruit. Hints of fresh pineapple, poached pear, and lemongrass linger on a clean, focused finish.

Winery information

Boekenhoutskloof

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 Winery - Platter's Wine Guide, Editor's Award Winery of the Year for 2020
Platter’s 2020 Five-Star Wine - Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 87 pts

Oct 2014 - Neal Martin - The 2013 Wolftrap Red is a blend of 66% Syrah, 32% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier that is fermented in stainless steel with natural malolactic in French barrique where the wine ages for nine months. It has a pleasant blackberry and cassis-scented bouquet with light wet rock scents from the Mourvedre. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannins that I have noticed on previous vintages. This is well balanced with good acidity, plenty of blackberry and blueberry fruit with a pleasing texture toward the finish.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014) - 88 pts

May/June '15. By Stephen Tanzer. Bright, dark red. A touch of reduction to the aromas of raspberry, pepper, menthol and herbs. Smooth in texture but a bit medicinal in the early going, with the raspberry, black cherry, menthol and licorice flavors showing a distinctly cool quality. Finishes with serious dusty tannins that turn a bit dry with air. Lacks charm


Wine Spectator (2013) - 88 pts

A soft, friendly style, with a lightly toasty shell around a core of gentle plum, white pepper and melted red licorice notes. The fruit lingers well. A crowd-pleaser.


Wine Enthusiast (2010) - 86 pts

Bright red mixed berries are infused with a mocha streak, filling the medium weight, but juicy palate. Straightforward and enjoyable with clean fruit flavors and a short but softly spiced finish. — L.B. (5/1/2012)


Platter's South African Wine Guide (2014) - 3.5 stars

Ripe cherry, plum & spice indicative of the syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, viognier grapes in 2014. Lithe & supple yet well defined by oaked portion.


The Wine Gang (2009) - 88 pts

thewinegang.com, 88pts (2009) -"Impressive, Mediterranean-style blend from South African star winemaker, Marc Kent, mixing Syrah with 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier. Smoky, aromatic and full-bodied, with a touch of oak and much more complexity than you're entitled to expect at this price."

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Vinification notes

For this wine, Chardonnay grapes were sourced from a small parcel from the Hemel en Aarde Valley Ridge and transported in small lug boxes to our Franschhoek Winery in refrigerated trucks, maintaining the freshness of the grapes. Careful selection took place prior to whole-bunch pressing. The juice settled naturally in the tank for two days before being racked off into 60% new French oak and 40% Nomblot concrete eggs, where fermentation started spontaneously. Occasional light bâtonnage took place during the 14 month maturation period.