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Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek

One of the loveliest old farms on the Western Cape, Boekenhoutskloof lies at the edge of the valley in Franschhoek. The name means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’, a local tree that is famed for its furniture. Indeed, Boekenhoutskloof’s super-elegant, iconic labels depict some of the handsome old chairs which can still be seen in the old homestead, and represent the seven directors of whom chief winemaker and cellarmaster Marc Kent is one.

Although the estate was established in 1776, it was properly restored and its vineyards planted in 1993, with vines now consisting of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, grenache, semillon and viognier.

Marc Kent, a maverick spirit, has long been a pioneering figure in the South African wine industry; he was the first to put the syrah grape on the map with his now legendary 1997 vintage of Boekenhoutskloof Syrah. Under his quiet but determined leadership, Boekenhoutskloof has since become one of the leading names in South Africa, regularly winning awards for its wines. It has excelled in making not only fine wine but also overseeing the success of several well-respected brands, namely Porcupine Ridge and The Wolftrap.

Having recently invested in new land in the Swartland, Boekenhoutskloof is showing its increased commitment to this area of the Cape which has produced much of the fruit for its range of wines, few of which are in fact made from Franschhoek fruit. There is a lovely tasting room open to visitors, as is the old house at this beautiful property.


  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

      FACT SHEET These sandy north-facing slopes were planted with the CS14 and CS163 clones in 1991. In 2012 the Cabernet Sauvignon got picked on 3 different days between March 26th and April 3rd. After 5...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    •À_These sandy northwest-facing slopes were planted with the CS14 and CS163 clones in 1991. In 2013 the Cabernet Sauvignon got picked over a period of 8 days, starting on March 20th. Cold maceration lasted 5 days, before...

  • Boekenhoutskloof S'bosch Cab Sav '14

    Boekenhoutskloof S'bosch Cab Sav '14

    Vineyards: Our Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, with 8% Cabernet Franc, is selected from a selection of sites on the north-westerly facing slopes of the Helderberg.Soil: Table Mountain Sandstone Winemaking...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013

    Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013

    Franschhoek’s first Sémillon vineyards were planted in 1902 on the alluvial soils of the Franschhoek riverbed with its high loam content. In 1942 there were more plantings on the sandy sites slightlyfurther...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2014

    Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2014

    The Boekenhoutskloof Semillon has been predominantly sourced from the oldest vineyard in South Africa, planted in 1902 on alluvial soils with a high loam content. Grapes are further sourced from two other low yielding...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013

    Winemakers Comments: Syrah 2013 •À_The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah fruit has been sourced from a specific site in Wellington since 1998, because of the unmistakable character that the decomposed granite exhibits. The SH-21 clone...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2014

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2014

    The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is sourced from three different sites. We acquired two new properties in the Swartland (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago for their unique terroir of rocky bedrock and decomposed...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

    Vineyards:The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is sourced from our two properties in the Swartland. We acquired these two sites (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago, for their unique terroir of rocky bedrock and decomposed...

  • Porseleinberg Syrah 2013

    Porseleinberg Syrah 2013

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  • Wolftrap Red Blend 2018

    Wolftrap Red Blend 2018

    WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: Grapes from selected vineyards in the Swartland were used for this blend. Low yields, small berries, intense colour and spicy flavours contribute to a harmonious blend. Fermented in stainless...

  • Wolftrap White Blend 2018

    Wolftrap White Blend 2018

    Blend: Viognier 35% | Chenin Blanc 33% | Grenache Blanc 32% Alc: 13.25% Residual sugar: 2.60 g/l  TA: 5.00 g/l pH: 3.46 Winemaker's Comments: The majority of the components for this intriguing blend were sourced from...

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