Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 benefited from a great vintage with dry autumn conditions and cooler night temperatures which prolongs the Cabernet Sauvignon hanging time and leads to elegance and perfumed wine with what Boekenhoutskloof describe as “classic claret-like fruit profiles”. About 10% Cabernet Franc was again added for extra fragrance and finesse. This wine will develop a little more over a few years but the warm vintage ensured that it is ready to drink now. Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 tastes divine – with complex layers of fruit, spice and mineral flavours – blackberries, blueberries, mulberries with nutmeg, clove, graphite (like the pencil aromas of St Julién Bordeaux) and a touch of dark chocolate. The wine has a super smooth texture and soft, rounded tannins, all-in-all very moreish!
The Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs, in the words of the winery “to pay tribute to the skills of 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.” Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind Boekenhoutskloof. He likes to experiment with the unconventional but his principal commitment is to quality.