Winemaker Jacques Viljoen

Boschendal Estate, founded in 1685 in Groot Drakenstein between Paarl and Franschhoek, is known for going that extra mile in search of vineyards from which to make the best wines possible for its extensive range. In its “Appellation Series” Boschendal seeks to bottle grape varieties that have become associated with parcels of Cape winelands terroir recognised as offering distinctive characteristics to cultivars especially suited to these regions.

The search for the best vineyards from which to make the wine led viticulturist Heinie Nel and red winemaker Jacques Viljoen to Stellenbosch’s Helderberg appellation which lies on the south-easterly side of the region and is characterised by ancient steep slopes that face west and bask in afternoon sun, as well as close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean at nearby False Bay. Maturation was done in 300 litre barrels of French oak ranging from 1st to 4th fill wood for 15 to 16 months.

“The team and I kept an eye on the barrels throughout the wine’s time in wood,” says Viljoen, “constantly tasting and keeping tabs on its development. When it came to selecting the best barrels to make-up the final blend, we had a firm idea what the final wine demanded. And now, tasting it from the bottle, it has exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

“There is a commanding presence in the completeness of the wine on the palate, the muscular yet supple tannins and the long, elegant finish. What I am truly pleased about is the bright, sunny fruit elements that complement the classic complexity. Discernible notes of cherry and black-currant add to the wine’s regal features, and I refer to these as the jewels in the crown. This wine is destined to become a classic.”

Wine tasting in style

Pop along to Boschendal and do a tasting at this historic venue. The new wine is available there at R225.

Phone 021 870 4200

www.boschendalwines.com