10 years ago this month

10 years ago, Marc Kent had just won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2005 – this offering from the Franschhoek cellar remains a local benchmark of the variety, the current release 2015 the first time that it is certified as being from the Swartland whereas for a long while it […]

December 6, 2017
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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2015

South Africa’s old vines and their potential to produce wines of greatness is very much under discussion right now but Boekenhoutskloof have been working with old-vine Franschhoek Semillon since the late 1990s and its quality credentials are impeccable. The 2015 is as good as ever. Noteworthy about this vintage is that the wine contains 3% […]

November 15, 2017
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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

The 2015 vintage is the first time that the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof is certified as being from the Swartland. The nose is very fragrant with notes of black berries, olive, lavender, white pepper and just a hint of reduction. The palate is rich and broad and very well balanced – dense fruit and fine tannins […]

September 20, 2017
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World. […]

March 7, 2017
by Christian
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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2014

Boekenhoutskloof acquired two Swartland properties (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago and these supply 60% of the fruit for the 2014 vintage of the cellar’s acclaimed Syrah, the traditional Wellington vineyard the remaining 40%. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in concrete tanks while maturation lasts some 18 months in a combination of 600-litre barrels and 2 […]

October 24, 2016
by Christian
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Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc 2014

Why would those behind Porcupine Ridge, the commercially successful Boekenhoutskloof entry-level range, feel compelled to add a Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay into the mix? I suspect that, in both instances, it’s about catching a wave before it breaks – there are signs that consumers are starting to tire of bottom-end Sauvignon Blanc and the […]

January 6, 2016
by Christian
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Boekenhoutskloof tutored tasting

Having resolved to forsake wine dinners and other promotional activities some five years ago, Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof is back on the road again after the failure of any of his wines to rate 5 Stars in the 2016 edition of Platter’s. “I’m still sulking but I’ll get over it and we’ll be back,” he […]

November 26, 2015
by Christian
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