Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018
Region: Franschhoek, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
The nose is rich and complex with aromas of youngberry, mulberry, damson and wild strawberry and gentle whiffs of smoke and sweet spice. The palate is very refined and polished, with the ripe red fruits of the nose following through with a delicate garrigue character and a smooth texture. Notes of lavender and thyme, precision and finesse on the mid-palate and very fine-grained, powdery tannins make for a very classic Cabernet. The wine is medium-bodied, structured, focused and balanced, with attractive, refreshing acidity. Black fruit, aniseed, cloves, pipe tobacco and cardamon, linger on the finish with hints of graphite.
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.
Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century. The chairs on the wine label all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.