Founded in 1776, Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms situated up the “Valley” in the Franschhoek foothills. Marc Kent is the winemaker, cellarmaster, and part owner of this homestead and wine farm. Boekenhoutskloof, the Franschhoek winery that shot to prominence with its first Syrah (1997) and is today rated among the Cape’s leading producers. The farm, part of Franschhoek’s early beginnings, was a supplier of Boekenhout (Cape Beechwood) a beautiful wood from which much of the Cape’s old furniture – examples of which now exist as antiques – was made. It still flourishes in the riverine fringes and mountain forests of the farm. The distinctive label references these historical origins and represents the seven members of the owner-syndicate – seven chairs in a row, each one an individual variation of traditional Cape Dutch style.
Dark red in colour. Cherry aroma complicated by leather, licorice and earth. Offers sweet berry, cherry and mineral flavors, with a light acid streak running through the wine. Finishes with firm, slightly astringent tannins but also decent lingering sweet fruit.