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2016 Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon

It was a tough choice between Boekenhoutskloof’s two region-specific Cabernets, both tasted side-by-side at the estate, but the Franschhoek bottling won out over its Stellenbosch counterpart, being the slightly more refined and precise offering. Rich, dark cherry fills the nose and palate alongside spicy oak and a hint of earthiness. A great single-varietal Cab from one of the oldest wineries in Franschhoek and one to hold on to for a few years before opening. Read more
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Georgina Hindle - Decanter

It was a tough choice between Boekenhoutskloof’s two region-specific Cabernets, both tasted side-by-side at the estate, but the Franschhoek bottling won out over its Stellenbosch counterpart, being the slightly more refined and precise offering. Rich, dark cherry fills the nose and palate alongside spicy oak and a hint of earthiness. A great single-varietal Cab from one of the oldest wineries in Franschhoek and one to hold on to for a few years before opening.

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Wine Spectator

A juicy, fresh style, with bright currant and cherry fruit inlaid with singed alder, savory and mineral hints. Structured, showing juicy energy on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. 1,710 cases made, 100 cases imported.

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2016 Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon comes from four adjacent vineyards and one Cabernet Franc parcel, matured in 100% new French barriques for 18 months and the Cabernet Franc barrel-fermented. It has a lifted bouquet, very Left Bank in style, revealing a touch of mint with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and a sprinkling of black pepper, and just a little more delineation on the finish than the Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. A steadfast, trustworthy Cabernet Sauvignon that should give a decade of drinking pleasure.

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Anthony Mueller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The nose of the 2016 Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon features dark red fruit, with dark berries, dark cherry and black plum. There is a touch of oak nuance here, and the wine has a mineral edge. On the palate, the wine showcases more on the mineral and tannic side, growing tarter on the mid-palate. The finish is grippy and tight still, so enjoy this with food or cellar it for a couple of years. 20,000 bottles were made.

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Winemakers Note

Our Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from four individual parcels adjacent to one another on a south-westerly aspect of our Franschhoek valley, where the soil is predominantly sandy loam over granitic bedrock. 2016 was a great vintage in all respects, although it was preceded by our wildest growing season to date, with extreme heat and drought conditions to be contended with. Harvest commenced two weeks earlier than usual and the Cabernets came in showing healthy fruit and a very high skin to pulp ratio, resulting in wines with exceptional tannins and big, bold phenolic structures, yet still offering wonderful natural acidity. For this unique vintage we opted to blend in 6% Cabernet Franc from our old vineyard on the farm, contributing subtle fragrance and finesse to the dark fruit spectrum.

Our intention was to create a textbook claret and to respect the signature Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet style. We worked with a classic dark berry fruit profile and managed to capture the full, rich character and deep flavours offered by the vintage. We opted for gentle vinification to avoid huge, monstrous wines. Grapes were picked by hand into small lug boxes, bunch sorted with berry selection and gently destalked. The grapes underwent a cold maceration in traditional concrete vessels and then fermented at temperatures between 27° and 30°C with frequent pump-overs to extract aromas, colour and tannins. After alcoholic fermentation a prolonged malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in 225 litre barriques. The wine was matured in French oak from our preferred coopers, Sylvain and Saury.

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