Boekenhoutskloof 2021s: ‘World Class’ – Tim Atkin

Boekenhoutskloof 2021s

‘World Class’ – Tim Atkin

Boekenhoutskloof, established in 1994 and driven by the visionary Marc Kent, can be regarded as the starting point of the modern-day South African wine movement. With the support of Marc’s winemaking team – including Gottfried Mocke – Boekenhoutskloof has reached a new level of excellence.

2021 is regarded as the vintage to stock up on by international critics, local winemakers and industry commentators. Their latest release is from this exceptional vintage and, as a set, the wines are regarded as benchmarks for Franschhoek, Swartland and Stellenbosch.

Boekenhoutskloof 2021s: ‘World Class’ – Tim Atkin

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is the wine that started it all. From 100% Swartland fruit, the 97-point 2021 is exquisite. It’s tightly coiled and persistent, with Tim Atkin calling it 'world class', while Neal Martin marks it as a 'serious Syrah'. Made from 90% Porseleinberg fruit, it’s wonderfully dense, with 65% whole bunch adding savoury freshness and spice.

The 95-point (TA) Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is more 'Old World inspired', according to Neal Martin. It’s brimming with cassis, graphite-laced tannins and focused acidity. This wine is just growing in stature and 2021 is certainly one of the greatest vintages, if not the greatest, for Cab.

The Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon contains 12% Cabernet Franc and is the more elegant and seductive of the two, showing blackcurrant leaf and freshness in spades. This 96-point (TA) Cab is a Franschhoek benchmark, and the best red wine from the valley. Super limited – email lauren@winecellar.co.za to request an allocation.

The wine that put old-vine Franschhoek Sémillon on the map is the Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon. It’s become an international reference point for South African whites and has an exceptional track record. The 2021 shows crystalline fruit, perfectly judged oaking and chiselled acidity. Produced from three old-vine certified vineyards, the oldest planted in 1902, 'This will be a serious, long-term Sémillon, and I know from first-hand experience how brilliantly they can age in bottle', asserts Neal Martin. Also extremely limited, request your allocation here.

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