EX­QUIS­ITE WINE PAIR­ING

So­phis­ti­cated wines from the Cape of Good Hope

Exquisite Taste - - Contents - – By Christian Galbraith (boeken­hout­skloof.co.za)

To un­der­stand the Boeken­hout­skloof Win­ery story is to un­der­stand the story of Cape Wines. Ex­plore with us their 2016 vin­tage crafted by mav­er­ick wine­maker Marc Kent.

One of the most cel­e­brated of all South African winer­ies and sur­rounded by some of the Cape of Good Hope's most beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and na­ture re­serves, the Boeken­hout­skloof Win­ery was es­tab­lished in 1776 in a re­mote corner of the Fran­schhoek Val­ley, in the Western Cape.

With a his­tory that saw grad­ual ex­pan­sion in the late 18th cen­tury, the es­tate‘s rep­u­ta­tion as a pro­ducer of truly great wines be­gan in the 1990s when it was res­cued from dere­lic­tion by a con­sor­tium of new own­ers who saw the po­ten­tial and in­vested in new plant­ings of va­ri­etals such as Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon.

The new com­mit­ment and in­vest­ment led to the pro­duc­tion and sub­se­quent re­fine­ment of a col­lec­tion of iconic la­bels in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture and multi-award-win­ning Boeken­hout­skloof range, the de­light­ful The Wolf­trap and the iconic Choco­late Block.

The driv­ing force at Boeken­hout­skloof Win­ery has been ac­claimed wine­maker Marc Kent. Born on the Natal South Coast, Kent moved with his fam­ily to the Cape, where the pas­sion­ate in­ter­est of friends in the wine in­dus­try not only in­spired him to study Cel­lar Tech­nol­ogy at Elsen­burg Col­lege, but, to­gether with his own re­gard for the French wine­mak­ing tra­di­tion, laid the foun­da­tion for his own style and phi­los­o­phy of wine­mak­ing.

To­day he has a rep­u­ta­tion as a mav­er­ick but with an unswerv­ing com­mit­ment to achiev­ing the high­est qual­ity wines at a rea­son­able price. Best known for his Syrah and Caber­net red wines he also crafts some stun­ning Semil­lon. Boeken­hout­skloof Win­ery

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