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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.

  • The Wolftrap White Blend 2021

    The Wolftrap White Blend 2021

    Winemakers Notes: Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White is a wine that is blended with different grape varieties, including Chenin Blanc, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc. This wine features a pale yellow color and a floral and...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

    TASTING NOTE The nose shows mulberry, dark plums, blackberry and intense whiffs of liquorice and violets. The entry is savoury and earthy with the dark berry fruit of the nose following through with notes of black cardamom,...

  • Barista Chardonnay 2020

    Barista Chardonnay 2020

    The Barista Chardonnay has a bright yellow colour. On the nose this white wine from South Africa offers notes of citrus, peach, gooseberries and tangerine. There are also fine notes of wood of this Chardonnay which is...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2016

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2016

    Vineyard: The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is sourced from our two properties in the Swartland an hour North of Cape Town.  We acquired these two sites (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) for their unique terroir of rocky bedrock...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2016

    Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2016

    Boekenhoutskloof Semillon is a single-variety Semillon white wine produced by the Boekenhoutskloof winery in the Franschhoek denomination in South Africa.   Boekenhoutskloof Semillon is made mainly with grapes from...

  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek 2016

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek 2016

    This blockbuster Cabernet Sauvignon from one of South Africa's oldest estates has established itself as one of the finest Cabernet's from Stellenbosch. The wine enjoys 18 months in French oak barrels, giving it a supple,...

  • Boekenhoutskloof S'bosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    Boekenhoutskloof S'bosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    í«Œ«íëí__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,...

  • Porseleinberg Syrah 2019

    Porseleinberg Syrah 2019

    Notes of iron oxide, deep cherries, and tons of graphite, this is as pure and expressive as Syrah gets. Notes of violets on the palate, with a fine thread of acidity, and such refined tannins. Simply brilliant. Tim Atkin...

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