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Boekenhoutskloof - Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Red Wine from Paarl · South Africa
£60.00 £48.00
Case Rate: £48.00
Ex Tax: £40.00
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: NOW-2028
Limited Stock: (2 btls)
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5 stars  Platter's South African Wine Guide
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Marc Kent
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: NOW-2028

Description

The Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from various parcels cultivated in the Franschhoek Valley. From four individual vineyards planted adjacent to one another in deep alluvial soils of the valley and our own vineyards planted in the decomposed Granite soils found on slopes surrounding Boekenhoutskloof.  The Cabernet Sauvignon and small portion of Cabernet Franc vineyards planted on Boekenhoutskloof have been organically farmed for 11 years and produce exceptional quality fruit with each vintage. We opted to use more of our Estate fruit with the 2018 vintage, and the results are evident in the final wine.

Wine tasting notes

The 2018 Franschhoek vintage was solid in all respects, with harvest commencing toward the end of March—cold winter and spring conditions followed by a hot and dry ripening period. Cooler nighttime temperatures prolonged the Cabernet Sauvignon hang times, resulting in elegant and perfumed wines with perfect physiologically ripe fruit profile. We again opted to blend in a tiny percentage Cabernet Franc (11%) from our old vineyard on the farm, contributing subtle fragrance and finesse to the dark fruit spectrum. We intended to create a textbook claret and to respect the signature Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet style. We worked with a classic dark berry fruit profile and managed to capture the vintage's full, rich character and deep flavours.

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

Platter's South African Wine Guide (2018) - 5 stars

Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2021 – “Classic, complex 2018 surrounds elegant tannic backbone with stylishly draped blackcurrant, blackberry & warm tar. 80% new French oak adds vanilla & cedar notes, crisp acidity gives measure & pace. Dash cab franc added for freshness & texture, as in also-stellar 2017 (4.5 stars, 94 pts). Home-farm & 70% brought-in fruit.


Tim Atkin (2018) - 95 pts

Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2020 – “It’s not easy making Bordeaux blends of this quality in Franschhoek, but Gottfried Mocke’s cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc is a fresh, elegant, nuanced delight. Granular, refined and easily handling its 80% new wood, this is herbal rather than green with lovely lift and freshness. 2022-28”

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Vinification notes

We opted for gentle vinification to avoid huge, monstrous wines. Grapes were picked by hand into small lug boxes, and bunch sorted with berry selection and gently de-stemmed. The grapes underwent a cold maceration in tulip-shaped concrete vessels and then fermented at temperatures between 27° and 30°C with frequent pump-overs to extract aromas, colour and tannins. After spontaneous alcoholic fermentation, a prolonged malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in 225-litre barriques. The wine was matured on our OXOline system for 22 months in 80% new light toast, long seasoned French oak from our preferred coopers, Sylvain and Saury.