95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Featuring 14% Cabernet Franc – a higher amount than usual – this Cabernet Sauvignon is “nearly” an estate wine, according to Gottfried Mocke. The more European of Boekenhoutskloof’s two releases, it has tarragon and graphite aromas, fine-grained tannins, red pepper, green herb and blackcurrant flavours and a fresh, acid-driven finish. The 80% new wood is very well integrated. 2024-30
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Classic violet & graphite lift on sweet cassis fruit, leafy freshness from 14% cab franc on 20 (94 pts). Vintage’s ripeness (14.6 alc) well-controlled, fine linear tannin is supported by deft touch of oak, 80% new, 22 months, 30% from home-farm, rest long-term partner vineyard. Spontaneous ferment in concrete tank, as with all reds, unless otherwise noted.
Grapes for our Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon are picked from individual vineyards planted adjacent to one another, grown from deep alluvial soils of the valley, and from our own farm vineyards, on decomposed Granitic soils found on slopes surrounding Boekenhoutskloof. The Cabernet Sauvignon and small portion of Cabernet Franc vineyards planted at Boekenhoutskloof have been organically farmed for 12 years now and produce exceptional quality fruit, with each ongoing vintage. This vintage is particularly exciting since we decided to use even more fruit from these organically farmed vineyards. Franschhoek had, once again, a very different season to Stellenbosch and the Swartland. Fairly good rainfall replenished all water reserves and coupled with a high diurnal range, this vintage was considered a viticulturally extreme year. An early spring brought an even bud burst and great fruit set. Despite the challenging conditions, organic farming practices were exercised to control disease and fungal pressures. The 2020 vintage is, by comparison, a ripe vintage for Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon, but also very European-like in elegance, brightness, and perfume.
The nose is delicate and refined, shy and very brooding at first, yet alluring with intense dark berry fruit and classic graphite aromas. The entry is smooth and silky, with flavours of blueberries, blackberries, dark liquorice and garrigue adding complexity to a dense, well-structured mid-palate. The wine is richly textured, concentrated, austere and elegant, with its powdery, dusty, fine-grained tannins, fresh acidity to balance an attractive herbaceous streak. Boysenberry and cocoa powder linger in the mouth, with gentle hints of aniseed and black cardamom.