The farm is 25 hectares in
extent and is situated eight kilometers west of Stellenbosch in one of South
Africa’s prime red wine producing regions. Stellenbosch was founded by
Commander Simon van der Stell in 1679 as a new settlement for the Dutch
colonists of the Cape of Good Hope. This created a center for the growth of a
new community, and one in which from the beginning wine was to form a major
element. Free burgher farmers were released from their duties in the Dutch East
India Company and along with new settlers began to work their own land. Past
records name the farm as Schuldpadvlei and later as Goedgelegen. The present
name of Boschkloof is derived from the appearance of a natural ravine or
"kloof" on the farm. It is overgrown with trees and bushes and
several wildlife species reside here, including small deer, porcupines,
mongoose, game fowl etc.
The topography of the land
consists of rolling hills with the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains as
backdrop. Table Mountain and False Bay ocean can be seen from high points on
the farm. The soil is made up of mixed types, with mainly Hutton top-soil and
deeper layers of shale, gravel and clay. While daytime temperatures in summer
are fairly high, the cool ocean breeze in the afternoon and high elevation
cause a drop in temperature and cool nights. This ensures full, crisp and
healthy fruit. The Mediterranean climate and heavy lime-rich soils with average
low vine vigor, create an ideal situation for the production of quality grapes
and premium wines. Grape varieties currently comprise Chardonnay, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. All vines are trellised and drip
irrigated. While the plantings are of selected and "shy bearing"
clones of each variety, additional complexity of character in the wine is
obtained by cultivating two different Cabernet, Shiraz Chardonnay clones.
The relatively small size of
the farm make personal involvement with the soil and hand-on training and
supervision of the work force possible. The overriding viticultural goal is to
achieve balanced vine growth, with naturally open vine canopies and good fruit
exposure to sunlight without excessive temperatures. Planting densities vary
between 3 800 to 4 800 vines per hectare depending on clone and rootstock
vigour. It is because of the balance of the naturally lower yields of an
average between 5 and 8 tons per hectare and the growth habit of the vines,
that optimal grape quality results.
Boschkloof Cabernet/Merlot Blend
This is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39 %
full-bodied, oak matured red wine with intense deep ruby black color. Ripe
spicy nose, coffee, chocolate, ripe plum and complex toasty oak bouquet.A big
concentrated middle palate with long after-taste of fruit, blackberries and
undertones of vanilla, mocha and spice.
wine will pair well with barbecued or braised meats, pasta and cheese
to drink now, but will continue to improve for the next 5 to 8 years.
UPC #: 6008409000038
Boschkloof Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10%
Cabernet Franc. A classic Cabernet with ripe blackberry richness. Dense dark
ruby red color with ripe cassis and toasty oak on nose. Chocolate and black-current
fruit flavors mingle with spicy aroma. Supple, yet complex, well integrated.
Generous long finish, classically dry.
wine will pair well with red meats and rich pasta dishes.
Great potential for ageing and further
development for the next 5-7 years.
UPC #: 6008409000045
Complex and attractive bouquet of oriental spices
with typical Shiraz smoked ham and white pepper flavors. Good intense ruby color.
Full mid-palate with a long soft finish. Well balanced wine with spicy type
plum and berry fruit flavors and peppery overtones that finish with soft round
tannins. Very classic style with unmistakable Rhone flavors. Certified and
bottled on the farm.
wine will pair well with roasts, rich pasta dishes and stews.
Good to drink now, but will
develop and mature over the next 3-8 years.
UPC #: 6008409000168
Awards & Ratings:
* Won Young Winemaker of the Year Competition with the Syrah.
Note: To be nominated as Young Winemaker of the Year, the winemaker needs to be 30 years of age or younger.