About this WINE
Boschkloof is a family-owned winery in Stellenbosch, run by father and son winemaking team Jacques and Reenen Borman.
Together, Jacques and Reenan have combined excellent winemaking skills to produce very limited bottlings, which are often described as bringing together “Old World style” with “New World panache”.
Jacques learnt his trade working with the legendary Michel Rolland and the owners of Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. The influence of his time spent in France is evident; upon establishing Boschkloof, he replanted all vineyards with the French varietals he believed would perform best in the Stellenbosch terroir.
In more recent years, Jacques’ son Reenen has taken over the reins at Boschkloof. His leadership has seen focus shift to contemporary philosophies, with a huge push towards more sustainable ways of working. The Boschkloof style has changed, too: now, wines are lighter and produced with far less intervention, to better encapsulate their terroir.
Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.
At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College.
A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.
It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.
South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.