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A 'heritage' blend made for us by the world-renowned Boekenhoutskloof team. Oak-matured Stellenbosch cabernet sauvignon is refreshed by around 15% Swartland cinsault to make a juicy red that's great to drink now, but which will also develop happily over the next couple of years.
Product Code: SA15251
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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 antique 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 (Porseleinberg), 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. The future looks set fair too, with the move of winemaker Gottfried Mocke from Cape Chamonix to Boekenhoutskloof to join his old friend Marc Kent in 2015.
South Africa is undoubtedly one of the world's most dynamic wine producers. Established winemakers re-emerged onto the international scene in the early 1990s, following the demise of the apartheid era, and new wines, wineries, highly qualified winemakers, and even new regions have appeared steadily ever since. This makes South Africa more exciting than ever, but more complicated, too. Most South African wines are varietally labelled - a key factor in any buying decision. Styles vary of course, and our notes aim to clarify this, but you will probably already know whether you like sauvignon blanc (now among the world's best), chardonnay, riesling, syrah, pinot noir, or cabernet.South Africa's most famous grapes - white chenin blanc and red pinotage - will be less familiar unless you are already a convert. South African chenins are quite different from those in the Loire - almost always dry, but ripe and full of flavour (often with the complexity that comes from the increasingly sought-after old-vine fruit and the use of oak). Pinotage, a South African creation, is for many a love-it-or-hate-it grape. Pinotage's 'parents' are pinot noir, which imparts its strawberry aromas and lovely texture in young wines, and more complex, farmyard characteristics in more mature examples, and cinsault, the southern French grape, which adds spice and body. It was developed in South Africa in 1926. Shiraz is now making a name for itself in South Africa with some superb examples bottled varietally and showing characteristics that often places it between the plush New World style pioneered by Australia and classic Rhône balance and elegance.More significant in South Africa than much of the New World (notably New Zealand and Chile) are blends, which make selection more complicated, as the style of the wine is less easy to anticipate. As in Australia and California, however, many of the best wines here are blends - a sign of maturity in the industry. Bordeaux blends were favoured initially but there are increasing numbers of Rhône and southern French influenced blends, including some eclectic mixes, many of which are among South Africa’s best wines.The RegionsThe vineyards of South Africa are at a latitude of about 35o south, with hot, dry Mediterranean-type summers tempered by oceanic influences in the south, particularly the very cold Benguela Current. Much of the country is mountainous or hilly with a multitude of terroirs for winemakers to play with. Soils are ancient and complex, and many and varied from region to region, and even vineyard to vineyard. Rainfall is very varied from one area to another, largely depending which side of a mountain or range a vineyard lies on, and in some parts irrigation is essential. South Africa’s rigorous Wine Of Origin scheme demarcates vineyard areas, including some single vineyards, and guarantees the geographical source of the wine much like the old French appellation contrôllée system recently renamed AOP, though there are no controls on yields and grape varieties as there are in France..Bordeaux-style blends are one of the Stellenbosch region's great strengths. Wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer, Meerlust's Rubicon and Warwick's Trilogy are South African icons, produced over many years, and with proven ageing capacity. The striking Simonsberg mountain names the ward (or area) most highly sought after for these reds, but Stellenbosch produces a wide range of wine styles, from excellent chenin blancs and sauvignons to robust pinotage and Cape Blends.Paarl is its less-well-known neighbour, also warm, and best known for its robust but smooth reds. Franschhoek is understandably one of the most-visited towns in the Cape (with lots of French Huguenot history and some of the best restaurants in the region). It has a number of famous producers, most notably Boekenhoutskloof, but most do not produce exclusively from Franschhoek fruit. Cape Chamonix is an exception we rate highly, producing a wide range of wine styles from bubbly to cabernet franc led red blend Troika.The generally warmer Swartland region has been at the forefront of the development of Rhône varietals in South Africa, led by stars such as Eben Sadie, as well as home to some of the best old chenin blanc vines. Further north, and much cooler is Citrusdal, where fresher styles are produced and chenin blanc can achieve real finesse.The Cape peninsula, to the south of Cape Town itself, is home to Constantia, known for its cooler climate thanks to the influence of the two oceans that almost circle it. Here, sauvignon blanc and the Bordeaux grapes predominate, but there are lovely examples of aromatic varieties too, notably Klein Constantia's elegant riesling and its wonderful sweet muscat Vin de Constance, and the vibrant sauvignon blancs from Cape Point vineyards to the south. Rhône varietals are successful new additions.Elgin, en route to Hermanus, is another very cool region, very much up-and-coming for sauvignon blanc, as is Elim, which is even further south and the source of our former Exhibition Sauvignon. Robertson is almost due north of Elim, but way inland and far hotter. A small number of family producers manage to make excellent sauvignon here, too, but it is also a good source of chardonnay, increasingly pinot noir, and elegantly styled pinotage and Rhône varietals, not forgetting the excellent fortified muskadels which are unique to the Cape.The most important factor in deciding whether or not to buy is often the producer's name. This is easily achieved when some of the grandest 'old' names, such as Meerlust, Hamilton Russell, Kanonkop, and Klein Constantia, still rank among the country's best producers. Where it gets trickier is when the winery is new, has no track record, or the winemaker is not a household name.
"Prior to visiting South Africa we purchased four different wines from that country. They were disappointing except for this one. I have reordered and think it is extremely good value.
We tasted lots of wines in South Africa, including visits to several wineries. The Constantia wines we found the best, but in general the wines did not compare well with European wines from cooler climes."
I would recommend this wine
"Did not like much. a bit too bitter for me."
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"So this is my first review and I don’t want to delve to much into the texture tastes and other Malarky . But I was lucky enough to visit this vineyard last year and the wines in the cape region were gorgeous . Only been a member since last November but I must say what I am learning is the exhibition range as in this wine offer incredible value for money and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint even great in the hot weather this is a real gem of a wine at the price "
Mr Paul Matthews (18-Jul-2019)
"Very enjoyable and easily drinkable. Having just returned from a holiday in SA this wine brings back memories of our great time amongst the vinyards there! Not bad for a sub £8 bottle."
Mr Paul Verhaak (24-May-2019)
"Really good table wine. Bold fruit with a hint of smoke. Good balanced tannins."
Ms Louisa Mason (23-May-2019)
"I found his wine to be a bit green and not good value even considering it's meagre price point. I tend not to think of SA reds as being particularly good value, but when I saw this TWS own bottling I thought I'd give it a whirl, as I often really like them for the money."
Mr Kieran Hynes (11-Apr-2019)
"I think this is a very decent wine. Full flavour, strong tannin but not overly aggressive. Acidity to match the sweet fruit. I think it will get better with age as well...."
Mr Ben Stringer (29-Mar-2019)
"Fabulous! Loved this, just the right amount of Cinsault round out the Cabernet Sauvignon! "
Miss Joanne Povey (20-Mar-2019)
"This is a remarkably nice addition to the Society range. It has an immediately attractive fresh taste, with good body, and surprising complexity for the price.
An excellent everyday drinker, which I shall be buying again."
Dr Christopher J H Ingoldby (14-Feb-2019)
"Nice enough, provided you enjoy the slight greenness of inexpensive SA reds. I'm ambivalent about South African wines in general but particularly the reds - there seems more value in the sub-£10 whites (Chenin Blanc mainly). Still, had no problem polishing off the bottle between two of us."
Mr Richard Holmes (13-Feb-2019)
"Excellent value for money. Good clean Cabernet blend that would satisfy with most foods. For this price point its obviously neither profound or ageworthy but it delivers a great drink per pound."
Dr Christopher Jones (10-Jan-2019)
"Reasonable but overly jammy for my taste. Too much overt sunshine fruit and no freshness or complexity."
Dr Philip Dodd (23-Dec-2018)
"An enjoyable bottle of wine. Lots of fruitiness but still very subtle and leaves a dryness on the tongue similar to that of a Bordeaux. Good value and would buy again."
Mr Edward Peters (15-Dec-2018)
"I’m not that familiar with wines from SA but this one encourages me to find out some more so as to be able to form a perspective and have opinions. And, although this is an immediately likeable wine, good with food or on its own, I think it would go on to please as it’s got some interesting character. "
Mr Julian Edgington (15-Nov-2018)
"Yep, defintely SA. Lovely smokey flavour. Good length, and a mouthful of flavour. Slightly drying like a well aged wine. Fantastic value. Going to buy some more.
Ideal with barbecued antelope ;-)"
Mr Bill Davy (23-Oct-2018)
"Unmistakably South African with hints of liquorice that always seems to be there to some degree in SA wines. The cabernet was dominant, but the blend is bang on. Whenever I’ve had cinsaut in blends recently it’s taken over, but here it was just enough to add some brightness. This is really good, and goes right up there with the best sub-£7 wines in the list."
Mr David Halliwell (03-Oct-2018)
The Daily Telegraph (1st Dec 2018)
"The deep growl of
smoky, oaky cabernet sauvignon from Stellenbosch is tempered with the bright
silkiness of a dollop of cinsault. Made for The Wine Society by
Boekenhoutskloof. - Victoria Moore"
Yorkshire Post (3rd Nov 2018)
"An own-label wine put
together by the splendid team at Boekenhoutskloof. This has rope spiced
blackberry fruit and soft supple tannings. Enjoy with any meaty supper. - Christine Austin"
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