Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm's name means "ravine of the Boekenhout" (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.
The first Semillon vineyards were planted in 1902 on the alluvial soils of the Franschhoek riverbed with its high loam content. In 1942 there were more plantings on the sandy sites. The wines from these old bush vines are intensely complex, well-structure and have unbelievable aging potential. The older block was harvest on February 29th with the vineyards on the sandier soils only ripening two weeks later. The grapes are press as whole bunches with the juice settling for 2days. CKS is used for inoculation and the fermentation starts in tank for 2-3 ?B before it gets transferred to barrel where it finishes alcoholic fermentation. Before MLF starts, the barrels are topped and put in a room that is kept at 8 ?C. 100% new French oak is used, but because the maturation is done at such low temperatures, the extracting from the oak is minimal. During these 13 months the wine never gets sulphured and no battonage is done. When the wine was taken out of barrel,