Boekenhoutskloof, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2017South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Grapes from four Helderberg vineyards. Includes some 6% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, an attractive herbal note plus hints of vanilla and spice. The palate shows great focus – pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Wonderfully long and dry on the finish, this is really elegant.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100
'Boekenhoutskloof's Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is always a little firmer and sturdier than its Franschhoek bottling, which is why they are both worth buying and collecting. Sourced from three blocks on the Helderberg, this sees 60% new wood and is serious and concentrated, showing damson and blackcurrant fruit and dense tannins. Drink 2023-35.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 94/100
'Finesse & style on 2017, shows weighty richness & delicately perfumed fruit, power with balance & harmony. Dab cab franc (4%) brings herbal lift to the savoury long finish. 60% new small-oak. Not for the impatient. From four parcels in Helderberg & Faure.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)
'Tobacco leaf, vanilla cream and clove, with some fresh earth and black-cherry character. Firm, powdery tannins and some graphite complexity. Polished and ripe, but not overdone or overripe. True to its origin.' – Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5/20
Alc: 14.8% | RS: 1.34 g/L | TA: 5.18 g/L | PH: 3.67
Boekenhoutskloof, located in the Franschhoek valley, was established in 1776 and gets its name ‘Boekenhout’ from an indigenous Beech tree. Boekenhoutskloof, managed by Marc Kent, describes themself as a Syrah specialist. They have various brands within their portfolio including Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap, Porcupine Ridge and The Chocolate Block. Their efforts in conservation can be seen through initiatives they have taken on in their farm and surrounding areas. They are also a founding member of the Franschhoek Mountain Conservancy.
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.34 g/L | TA: 5.18 g/L | PH: 3.67|
|Blend information||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator