Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek vs Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

By , 7 February 2022

Though 2018 is a generally considered a challenging vintage due to it being the third consecutive year of drought, the two versions of Cabernet Sauvignon that Boekenhoutskloof produced are remarkably accomplished.

Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Price: R495
Includes 11% Cabernet Franc. Grapes from vineyards on the valley floor (deep alluvial soils) plus own vineyards (granite). Matured for 22 months in 225-litre barrels, 80% new. Red and black berries, violets, pencil shaving and vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich and smooth textured – a polished wine but not without nuance – the intricacy of flavour and fineness of tannin are impressive while the finish is nicely dry. Alcohol: 14.3%.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Price: R495

Includes 5% Cabernet Franc. Grapes from both Helderberg and Polkadraai Hills. Matured for 22 months in 225-litre barrels, 60% new. Complex aromatics of red and black berries, fresh herbs, tobacco, violets, oystershell, earth and spice while the palate is relatively medium bodied with great fruit purity, fresh acidity and a gently savoury finish. A wine of impressive detail and cohesion. Alcohol: 14.69%.

CE’s rating: 96/100.

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