2020 Boekenhoutskloof, Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek

Franschhoek Valley,South Africa,

£48.49

Bottle size: 75cl,
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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION Grapes are hand-harvested and transported to our winery in Franschhoek and cooled before vinification.
Each harvest parcel is individually destemmed and crushed into tulip-shaped concrete tanks where they
undergo a cold maceration period and spontaneous fermentation at temperatures between 27° and 30°.
Frequent pump-overs and occasional delestage are performed to extract aromas, colour, and tannins gently.
After alcoholic fermentation, a prolonged malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in 225-litre barriques.
The wine was matured on our OXOline system for 22 months in 75% new light toast, long seasoned French
oak from our preferred coopers, Sylvain and Saury. VINEYARD INFORMATION Made from selected parcels of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted on the north-western
facing slopes of the Helderberg mountain and south-eastern facing slope of the Polkadraai Hills. These
parcels of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a combination of deep decomposed granite soils with Table
Mountain sandstone and "koffieklip". The mild maritime influences from the cool False Bay coast and
granitic soils are evident in this wine’s hallmark minerality and classic graphite-like profile.
The 2019 vintage is characterised by the long ripening period, which extended the harvest well into April.
The cooler night temperatures towards the end of February and few heatwaves meant longer hang times,
allowing further fruit flavour development without sacrificing freshness and acidity. These conditions
certainly influenced the final wine, which shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon freshness and a typical grainy
tannin structure.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is our 6th Stellenbosch vintage. This wine’s ever-increasing quality is evident
in that we have gained a greater understanding of the Stellenbosch vineyards and terroir. The 2019 vintage
was again vinified entirely at Boekenhoutskloof in tulip-shaped concrete tanks with élevage on our OXOline
2 system. The changes in vinification and élevage significantly impacted the style, resulting in a more refined
claret-like structure with dark fruits and graphite.

Additional information

Wine Type

Red

Country

South Africa

Region

Franschhoek Valley

Vintage

2020

Brand

Boekenhoutskloof

Cultivar

Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Franschhoek

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

14.86

Duty Status

Duty Paid

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 96

Wonderfully cool, sleek and elegant. Packed full of coffee cream, mocha, charcoal embers and piquant black chocolate nuances. So incredibly fine grained, compact and harmonious with a feeling of real precision. Classy and elegant as always, with a fresh, fine grained, mineral grippy finish. Should evolve into an absolute gem. Undoubtedly one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the Franschhoek Valley. Drink now until 2038+. [10/01/2024]

Producer Profile

INTRODUCTION

Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. Our 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 our 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.