Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776 and is located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley. Makers of Chocolate Block, one of our best selling wines.
Grapes for this serious, grown up Syrah are picked from selected parcels of the finest grapes, grown at Swartland farms, namely Porseleinberg and Goldmine, close to the small town of Riebeek-Kasteel. The 2019 vintage was one of our earliest Swartland pickings to date, with the Syrah harvest commencing during the last week of January. The growing conditions and compact bunches produced concentrated Syrah, resulting in a slightly higher skin-to-pulp ratio, resulting in wines with balanced power, lower alcohol and elegant, perfumed fruit.
The nose is perfumed, forthcoming and fresh, offering an array of rich dark fruits with a spicy, floral, even wild garrigue character, derived from complex aromas of dark berries, plums, violets, black olives, star anise and potting soil. The black fruits and earthy character of the nose follow through onto a dark, brooding palate with flavours of wild berries, brambles, liquorice, tobacco, cloves and black cardamom. The mid-palate is concentrated, deep, dense and slightly dusty, with dry, very fine cocoa-powdery tannins lending structure. The wine is very precise, with a medium to full body, a tight, grainy texture and vibrant acidity to balance. Blackberries, blueberries and notes of garrigue and dark chocolate linger on a savoury finish.
Although this wine is drinking now it will continue to develop and be delicious over the next 10 years.