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Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Pleasurable.

Today is the tasting for the Sanlam Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2014 (previously the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report presented by Sanlam Private Investments) and by way of calibration, a bottle of Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 … [Read more...]

Silvermist Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Green but not green.

An exciting discovery at the Constantia Food and Wine Festival held over the past weekend was the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Silvermist (R140 a bottle). The vineyards are situated high on the mountain – the entrance to the property is just after … [Read more...]

The Chocolate Block 2012

Money-spinner.

As ever with The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof, there’s nothing not to like about the 2012 vintage (R219.99 a bottle from Liquour City Claremont). A blend of 70% Shiraz, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Grenache, 6% Cinsaut and 1% Viognier, it … [Read more...]

Le Cap Maritime Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Shipshape.

The Sauvignon Blanc was presented to me blind and my immediate reaction was “That’s the way I like ‘em.” Peach, good concentration and texture (which is to say not lean and mean) and a nicely saline finish. Turns out there’s lots to recommend Le Cap … [Read more...]

Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Semillon 2009

Pride of Franschhoek.

Does Franschhoek make enough of its Semillon? Top of the pile is that from Boekenhoutskloof but the more you explore other examples, the more it appears that this is a local speciality. It typically presents in a fashion unlike that grown anywhere … [Read more...]

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008

Rather a year too early than a day too late.

When to catch the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek at its best? It tends to be sullen on release but then transforms into something very good some five years on from vintage. A recent bottle of 2007 was impressive if ever so slightly … [Read more...]