Wines from South Africa


Boschkloof

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 % Merlot. A 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.

This wine will pair well with barbecued or braised meats, pasta and cheese dishes.

Good 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.

This 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


 
Boschkloof Syrah
 

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.

This 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.