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Tim Atkin - 95 Points - "The Franshhoek Cabernet Sauvignon contains 5% Cabernet Franc and come from four sites in the valley. Picked a week before Stellenbosh bottling, its fresher, gentler and lighter in style , with floral notes,chocolateey oak , granular tannins and a spicy, herbal, lifted finish. Drink 2023-2031."
Neal Martin Vinous - 92+ Points - "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek is well defined on the nose, presenting blackberry, wild hedgerow and hints of black truffle intermingling with bell pepper aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannins and fine acidity, quite austere toward the finish at the moment, yet fresh and simply needing bottle age. There is something almost Cabernet Franc about this blend, even though that variety comprises just 5% of the total. Still, this feels accomplished. Drink 2023-2040."
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776 and is located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier. Boekenhoutskloof were named Platters 'Winery of the Year'.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and small portion of Cabernet Franc vineyards planted at Boekenhoutskloof have been organically farmed for 12 years now and produce exceptional quality fruit, with each ongoing vintage. This vintage is particularly exciting since more fruit from these organically farmed vineyards. Our 2019 Franschhoek vintage was great, with exceptionally long hang times, resulting in elegant and perfumed wines with classic claret-like fruit profiles.
Ample dark berry fruits show on a relatively shy but inviting nose, with a plethora of subtle spice, herbaceous aromas and fine floral nuances. Blackberries and dark cherries follow through onto a layered palate, with bright flavours of brambles, mulberries and red liquorice, and hints of graphite minerality, cedar spiciness and a gentle sous-bois character, creating utter complexity. A pure, crystalline fruit profile is perfectly balanced with bright freshness, integrated acidity, and very fine-grained, cocoa-powdery tannins, all contributing to the wine's sublime structure and exceptional depth. The mid-palate is vibrant, textured and lithe with a classic Bordeaux nervosité and silkiness. Blueberries, nutmeg and cloves linger on a sappy, pure finish.
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