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Boekenhoutskloof - Cap Martime Pinot Noir 2018

Red Wine from Overberg · South Africa
£43.95 £33.00
Case Rate: £33.00
Ex Tax: £27.50
Wine Region: Overberg
Wine Area: Hemel-en-Aarde
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.98
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
Limited Stock: (4 btls)
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88 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Wine Region: Overberg
Wine Area: Hemel-en-Aarde
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.98
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now


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 offers classic aromas of black cherries, dark plums and mushroom with subtle, earthy whiffs of dried leaves and potting soil. Wild berries, damson and the sous-bois character of the nose follow through onto a powerful palate with good structure and weight and delicate hints of tarragon, dill, and cedar. Lively tannins are perfectly balanced with bright acidity and exceptional fruit concentration, creating finesse and complexity. Red licorice, cardamom, and clove linger on a smooth, mouth-watering finish.

Winery information


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

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 88 pts

Oct 2014 - Neal Martin - Pure Swartland Syrah, fermented in stainless steel and spending nine months in French oak/staves (one-third unwooded), the 2013 Porcupine Ridge Syrah has a pure, quite floral bouquet that expresses the variety with style - and at a frankly unbeatable price point. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with crisp acidity, touches of white pepper infusing the satisfying finish. Delicious.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012) - 87 pts

May '13. By Stephen Tanzer. Good medium red. Musky red berries, smoke and chocolate mint on the slightly syrupy nose. Supple, easygoing and open-knit, with good sweetness to the slightly diffuse red fruit and smoke flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of enjoying this wine right now. (2011) - 16 pts

Oct 2012 - Dark crimson. A good introduction to this controversial grape variety. Transparent, lively and much more delicate than most.

Wine Spectator (2014) - 86 pts

Shows an herbal edge, with savory and white pepper notes flecking the modest core of dried cherry and plum fruit. Offers a gentle, dusty finish.

Wine Enthusiast (2010) - 87 pts

Notes of forest floor and menthol leaves add depth to the jammy core of boysenberry and blueberry fruits. It's solidly structured, with approachable tannins and medium acidity. A touch of cocoa stays through the medium-length finish. Drink now.

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

Brooding dark hues on 2014 , palate shows tad less intensity than 2013's but it's succulent, rich & rewarding, with good body.

Vinification notes

For this Pinot Noir, a small parcel of grapes from the Upper Hemel-enAarde Valley was vinified in a way that is fundamentally true to our philosophy. Initially, the grapes were transported in small lug boxes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley to our winery in Franschhoek in refrigerated trucks. There, a careful triage (selection process) took place, to ensure that only healthy whole berries were transferred into our concrete fermenters. A portion of the grapes was destemmed, leaving a whole-cluster component of about 20% with no additions being made. After spontaneous fermentation took placet, the wine was basketpressed into 225L neutral French barriques where it underwent èlevage for up to 16 months, including a prolonged malolactic fermentation under low temperatures.