Marc Kent, technical director and managing partner of Boekenhoutskloof, is equally dedicated to the ongoing development and expansion of the company, as well as to his greater South African wine business. He has served on the board of the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Association since the organization’s founding and has presided over the Vignerons de Franschhoek multiple times.
Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were chosen from a variety of sites on the Helderberg mountain range’s northwestern-facing slopes, with decomposed granite, Table Mountain sandstone, and “koffieklip” forming the three main soil types.
Cabernet Sauvignon from the Helderberg region exhibits minerality and a traditional graphite-like flavour thanks to a special blend of soil type, high-altitude slopes with their particular aspect, and moderate maritime influences from the chilly False Bay coast. The yields were quite restricted due to the 2016 vintage’s warm, dry growing conditions, resulting in extraordinarily small berries with excellent concentration and fruit flavour.
The nose is complex and seductive, with redcurrant, black cherry, and red plum notes along with hints of clay dust and herbs. The smooth palate carries the flavours of youngberry and boysenberry from the nose along with notes of lead pencil, pipe tobacco, and tea leaf. The opulence of aromatic fruit, strong acidity, and smokey cedarwood overtones from integrated French oak are contrasted against fine-grained powdered tannins that add to a certain shyness on the mid-palate. Bright cherry fruit lingers throughout a crisp, concentrated finish.
Food pairing suggestion: Cote de Boeuf.