Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek vs Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
By Christian Eedes, 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
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
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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