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2020 Release

Boekenhoutskloof has been making waves since the early '90s, when maverick winemaker, Marc Kent first started producing his uncompromisingly high quality wines. He was named South African Winemaker of the Year 2007 and Boekenhoutskloof was named 2012 Winery of the Year and 2020 Editor's Award by the prestigious Platter's Wine Guide. The wines are amongst the most consistently rated 5-stars.

I was recently able to taste the Syrah, Cabernets and Semillon, in a vertical tasting, hosted by Marc. It was fascinating to see how the wines have matured and the styles evolved over the years. Whilst the oxidative style of the 2001 & 2002 Semillons might not be to everyone's taste, they were certainly thought-provoking. The 2001 Cabernet & Syrah were fully mature but hanging in there, whereas the 2002 Cabernet & Syrah were on fine form, showing great complexity and energy for their age. The 2009 & 2010 vintage showed a marked lift in freshness across all the wines, with the 2010 Cabernet & Semillon shining especially brightly (a little of these are available upon request). The real revelations came with the 2020's, which mark a quantum shift in sophistication and elegance. All 4 wines are outstanding value for money.

2020 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah

£170.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£220.07 Duty & VAT paid

The 2020 Syrah is a 90/10 cuvée of grapes from the Porseleinberg and Goldmine properties and is another triumphant release from Marc Kent and Gottfried Mocke. Far from being a blockbuster, this is a subtle, layered wine, with aromas of violet and five-spice, subtle 60% whole bunches and flavours of bramble, blackberry and goji berry. Silky, scented and deftly oaked. 2023-2032
97 points Tim Atkin MW

The 2020 Syrah has a cool but focused bouquet that gains intensity with aeration: blackcurrants, bilberry, pressed iris flower and a pinch of Provençal herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, sappy and beautifully balanced, gently building towards a voluminous, almost Côte-Rôtie-like finish.
95 Points Neil Martin, Vinous

With 90% of the fruit coming from Porseleinberg and 10% from Goldmine, both in Swartland, this is a wondrous wine with more detail and finesse than any preceding vintage. Utilising only large foudre, the spice and fruit aromatics are as pure and evocative as I have encountered in a Cape Syrah. While the flavour palette is more deep purple than black-fruited, there is no obvious oak intervention and this allows the fruit to soar. Sanguineous and sappy on the finish, this is a glorious red wine with elemental animal notes interwoven with silky ribbons of beautifully ripe blackcurrant, mulberry and plum flavours. With the same texture and volume of fruit as a Vosne-Romanée, this is a regal creation that distances itself from the meat and muscle often found in sun-loving Syrahs!  
19+ points Matthew Jukes

2020 Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon

£170.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£220.07 Duty & VAT paid

Featuring 14% Cabernet Franc - a higher amount than usual - this Cabernet Sauvignon is "nearly" an estate wine, according to Gottfried Mocke. The more European of Boekenhoutskloof's two releases, it has tarragon and graphite aromas, fine-grained tannins, red pepper, green herb and blackcurrant flavours and a fresh, acid-driven finish. The 80% new wood is very well integrated. 2024-2030
95 points Tim Atkin MW

The nose on this outstanding wine reminds me of an elite Cabernet from another part of the world – Frankland River in Western Australia. There is more than a hint of ‘Houghton Jack Mann’ on the perfume and palate of this wine’s sensational 25th-anniversary release. Underpinning the profoundly deep black fruit notes is a sense of earthiness and energy that allows the blackberry and blackcurrant flavours to soar. With 70% new French oak on board, which has been folded away perfectly into the heart of this mighty wine, there is an extra dimension of flavour here thanks to the addition of a soupcon of Cabernet Franc. Only a handful of South African wines manage to capture this noble grape’s true essence while maintaining a compelling sense of stylishness. 2020 CSF does this in spades and it will continue to do so for two decades.  
19+ points Matthew Jukes

2020 Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

£170.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£220.07 Duty & VAT paid

Very dry with very small berries" is how Gottfried Mocke sums up the 2020 vintage in Stellenbosch. Sourced from four vineyards in Faure and on the Helderberg, this is powerful, structured and intense, with lots of body and backbone. Partnering Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Cabernet Franc, it's bold and inky, with classic black cherry and blackcurrant fruit andvanilla-scented 65% new wood. Natural acidity freshens the finish. 2024-2032
95 points Tim Atkin MW

Overall a little larger and more imposing than the Franschhoek cuvée, this Helderberg-sourced Cabernet is a glossy, succulent, more expressive wine than its stablemate, and it is also more forward and approachable. Built with unerring precision, the amazing brightness of fruit and 60% new oak embellishment have resulted in a Super-Tuscan-shaped wine with obvious allure and a more approachable temperament.  Having said this, it has more than enough stuffing to last a decade with ease and in terms of value for money this is a small price to pay for a wine of this integrity.  
18.5 points Matthew Jukes

2020 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon

£170.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£220.07 Duty & VAT paid

Only 2 cases available, with preference given to orders including a case of each of the red wines.

Boekenhoutskloof has always made impressive, age-worthy Semillons, but Gottfried Mocke has taken the 2020 to another level of complexity. It's one of the greatest ever Cape whites. Stony, flinty and layered, with wax, lemongrass and nutmeg flavours and subtle struck match reduction. Wow! 2022-2030
99 points Tim Atkin MW

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.

Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century.

Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century, it has a plain back and a shaped top rail with half-round opening.

The chairs on the wine label all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.

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