Boekenhoutskloof, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018
Region: Stellenbosch, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
The nose is delicate, slightly dusty and very alluring with ample dark fruit, graphite and pencil lead aromas and hints of sandalwood, tobacco, anise and bay leaf creating complexity. The palate is so smooth and lithe with layers of juicy blueberry and classic cassis flavours balanced with smoky, earthy nuances. The wine is juicy and supple with attractive acidity to balance and enough fullness and complexity on the mid-palate. It is classic in style, pliant and opulent, yet textured and elegant with its lush, smooth, cocoa-powdery tannin structure. The finish is long and herbaceous with beautiful, focused cedar oak nuances – a mouth-watering wine with finesse and class.
Made from selected parcels of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted on the north-western facing slopes of the Helderberg mountain and south-eastern facing slope of the Polkadraai Hills. These parcels of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a combination of deep decomposed granite soils with Table Mountain sandstone and "koffieklip". The mild maritime influences from the cool False Bay coast and granitic soils are evident in this wine's hallmark minerality and classic graphite-like profile.
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.