O Produtor, tasting note published in July 15th 1905
The wine is fresh and tangy, with bright lemon aromas and hints of brûlée, greengage, mango and ripe peach on the fruity nose. The vibrant citrus character of the nose carries through to a medium-bodied palate with intense flavours of starfruit, granadilla and nectarine. Integrated acidity in a round, soft mid-palate, and rich texture from brief exposure to French oak during fermentation, add up to a refined, balanced wine. Poached pear and melon linger on a soft, slightly saline finish, with notes of fresh fig, vanilla seeds and white flowers.
Porcupine Ridge has its origins in the farm’s natural environment and the ongoing efforts to conserve biodiversity on the property and in the surrounding mountains. As well as a number of rare species of fauna and flora – such as the erica lerouxiae which is endemic to Boekenhoutskloof – the estate is home to several families of crested porcupine, which are rarely seen due to their nocturnal lifestyle. “These wines are honest, true to type and true to the cultivar. Our winemaking philosophy has always been to follow a natural approach, without acidification or addition. The resulting wines are much more about a generous palate weight than simple primary aromatics followed by acidity. “~ Marc Kent.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Boekenhoutskloof was founded in 1776. Situated in the far corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ‘Boekenhout’s ravine’ (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape beech tree much favoured for furniture making. In 1993, the farm and estate were purchased and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established which now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.
As a producer, Boekenhoutskloof is a Syrah specialist, with its premium Boekenhoutskloof range selling out on the release of each vintage, and The Chocolate Block – a Syrah-based blend – is probably the most successful new wine offering to come out of South Africa in the modern era.
The Wolftrap brand of Rhone-style blended wines was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the early settlers who built what is now a monument to their adventurous spirit. The Porcupine Ridge range of delicious, everyday wines is a favourite on tables around the world – offering great value for money and superb drinking.