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On the Road with the Grape Guy

The Wines of Boekenhoutskloof w/ Marc Kent

22 Jan 2020

(October 2019) ... Marc Kent, Managing Partner & Technical Director of Boekenhoutskloof, addressed a small group of writers and sommeliers to introduce (or re-introduce) them to the wines of Boekenhoutskloof, a winery with a long name, a short history and yet wines you’ve most certainly seen on shelves (of the LCBO and other places), but may not immediately have had any indication that they came from this 7 million bottle (across all their properties) production house.

Marc welcomed us all by saying he loves when “like-minded people get together” to share wine, “we might never get rich, but we’ll have a god time being poor.”

We travelled through a range of South African wine appellations and introduced ourselves to the newest ( 2 years old ) : Cape Town appellation – the others are relatively known to oenophiles, Stellenbosch, Swartland and the tiniest of them Franschhoek (which makes up only 1% of national plantings).  Boeken Cabernets

Here is a list of the wines I tried that impressed – 15 were poured, 11 were scored and full reviews can be linked through to by clicking on the wine name:

Vinologist 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Town … (*** ½)
Porcupine Ridge 2019 Chenin Blanc, Swartland … (*** ½+)
Patina 2017 Chenin Blanc, Swartland … (*** ½)
Porcupine Ridge 2018 Syrah, Swartland … (*** ½)
Patina 2017 Syrah, Swartland … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2017 The Chocolate Block, Swartland … (*** ½+)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Syrah, Swartland … (****)
Vinologist 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Swartland … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch … (**** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Semillon, Franschhoek … (*** ½)
Boekenhoutskloof 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek … (****)

 

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