Vinous 88 points - (82% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier): Bright, dark red. A touch of reduction to the aromas of raspberry, pepper, menthol and herbs. Smooth in texture but a bit medicinal in the early going, with the raspberry, black cherry, menthol and licorice flavors showing a distinctly cool quality. Finishes with serious dusty tannins that turn a bit dry with air. Lacks charm.
Ripe blackberries and spicy pepper flavours are met with a soft and supple palate. Good density with lingering flavours and a hint of oak. Unpretentious and easy drinking, this wine should be drunk within three years.
|Wine maker notes
|When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today - as the wolf trap we once discovered goes to show. Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so we created this wine to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
|Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ”ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.
In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.