If we measure vintages by how serious reds shaped in Stellenbosch and immediate surrounds, 2008 is generally considered “challenging” as a consequence of rain during harvest but Boekenhoutskloof was evidently on top of its game when it comes to its Cabernet Sauvignon from own vineyards in Franschhoek.
It’s pretty full on: Four pickings across 17 days; maturation in 100% new French oak lasting 27 months; abv 14.89%.
Rated 5 Stars in the 2011 guide of Platter’s, it’s looking pretty damn fine right now with both primary fruit but also the start of the complexity that only comes with bottle age and I would proffer it offers optimal drinking although it will probably sit on a plateau of development for another five to 10 years.
Mostly red but also black fruit, olives, subtle vanilla and spice plus the start of some intriguing developed character – raw meat, tomato cocktail, a certain maritime character.
On the palate, great richness but also freshness. Fruit still intact but tannins pretty much resolved. A wine of real depth with a gently savoury finish. Super stuff.
Footnote: Just recalled that I drank this wine just under a year ago (see here) and rated it a little higher now than then. Suffice to say, it’s good to go.