5 Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Violet & lavender perfume on 15 (*****), first entirely off 2 Swartland vineyards. Brooding dark cherry & hedgerow fruit, leather & smoke; good grip of tannin on lengthy finish. 18 months mostly larger oak, none now; natural ferment & portion wholebunch.
93 pts Wine Enthusiast March 2019
There’s good concentration to the nose of this wine, which for the first time carries a Swartland appellation as the fruit is sourced from the winery’s two properties there, Porseleinberg and Goldmine. Medium-intense aromas of black plum, cherry and fig paste are hit by notes of licorice, black tea and peppercorn. The palate is plush, with a pleasant tannic grip that frames the robust black-fruit flavors. Lingering sensations of brambly berry, tilled earth, olive tapenade and a touch of cocoa seal the deal. Drink 2021–2025.
92 pts Wine Spectator 10/31/18
Ripe and direct, featuring a frame of sweet vanilla around a core of cherry paste and plum fruit. A frank licorice note drapes the finish, with a streak of graphite keeping this honest. Enjoy the fruit now or let this gain elegance with a bit of cellaring.
92 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2015 Syrah is 80% Porseleinberg and 20% Goldmine Vineyard fruit, the latter is adjacent to the Mullineux vineyard. It has a very attractive bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a lovely floral component emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, very pure with cloves and sage towards the elegant, yet sustained finish. A more sophisticated proposition compared to the 2014 no doubt, this will be superb once released. 2019-2030.
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). The Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993, the farm and homestead was bought and restored, and a new vineyard planting program was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon, and Viognier. Today, Marc Kent is the owner, chief winemaker, and driving force behind the dynamic farm. A maverick spirit, Marc is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, but his principal commitment is to quality on every level and in every detail.