Friday, 5 August 2011


The farm was established by French Huguenots in 1776 and is one of the oldest in the Franschoek area. Boekenhout, or Cape Beech, is a sought after timber used in furniture making. The pictures of chairs that you’ll find on some of their labels and the name itself pays tribute to talented 18th century craftsmen who were able to create beauty from natural resources. A little like the art of good wine making.

The vineyards at Boekenhoutskloof cover an area of only 20 hectares, of which 75% are red. They buy their grapes from all over, ensuring that they get what they’re looking for. The very good Syrah, as an example, is bought from Schalk Burger’s farm in Wellington and their Grenache comes from Citrusdal, South Africa’s oldest vineyards for that varietal.

Marc Kent has been winemaker and part owner since 1994 and he and the team are not only good on the wine production side of things but also with the marketing and selling of the stuff. Their labels are the Boekenhoutskloof, the Chocolate Block, the Wolftrap and the well known Porcupine Ridge. At a recent tasting I got to sample some of the above and finished with a hit of the Chocolate Block. The stand out on the night for me was the Porcupine Ridge Merlot. Great value for money and pleasant up the nose and on the palate.

See their website for more info.


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