Franschhoek, South Africa
Founded in 1776, Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms situated up the "Valley" in the Franschhoek foothills. Marc Kent is the winemaker, cellarmaster, and part owner of this homestead and wine farm.
The Wolftrap is the latest edition to the stable of Boekenhoutskloof. There is a 250-year old wolf trap on Boekenhoutskloof and the name is a tribute to the pioneers who in the early days of the Cape erected a wolf trap, mistakenly believing that wolves inhabited the area. To date, no wolf either real or mystical has been seen in the valley.
Boekenhoutskloof, the Franschhoek winery that shot to prominence with its first Syrah (1997) and is today rated among the Cape's leading producers. Only approximately 600 cases of the Syrah, 800 of the Cabernet are produced. Boekenhoutskloof's has a more available second label, Porcupine Ridge.
The flagship range - which includes the very good Sémillon, also made in tiny quantities - was consciously formulated through Kent's own preferences, grape availability and his desire to focus on Franschhoek.
The majority of grapes for the Boekenhoutskloof range are outsourced as the home vineyards are too young or not yet bearing. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a single riverside property in Franschhoek (also the source of the Sémillon).
Shiraz is sourced outside of the Wine of Origin area. The Somerset West vineyard, which supplied grapes for the maiden 1997, was uprooted and Kent had difficulty in finding a new, high quality source. He secured one in Wellington, which is around 14 years old, planted to a single clone and yields seven tons per hectare.
Kent strives to bring out the best in each variety and reflect the sense of place it grows in.
Marc Kent joined Boekenhoutskloof in 1994 and is now the seventh partner in this well known establishment. Marc pays frequent visits to France where he indulges in the French traditions of winemaking, which are clearly the inspiration behind the style and philosophy of his own winemaking.
Boekenhoutskloof has opted out of award seeking. "We simply don't have the volume to enter shows," he says. "Anyway, we'll find the people who appreciate our wines, or they'll find us and that is all that matters."
Marc Kent is producing 'world class' wines that combine the power and ripeness of the new world with the elegance and precision of the old.
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