So when I tasted this wine and tasted the Pork belly with miso, ponzu, caviar of aubergine (eggplant) cucumber and gomasio, this South African Stellenbosch would sit pretty well. I needed to find some force and strength, fruit, heat an freshness and Boschkloof had it all......
So Boschkloof who are they......?
The farm as they call it is situated on about 8 kilometres from Stellenbosch. It holds 25 hectares of vines divided under, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Although I am elaborating a white wine here, Stellenbosch is predominately known for its red wines as Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot are the most planted grapes. Stellenbosch lays only about 40 kilometres from Cape town. Stellenbosch was founded by commander Simon Van Der Stell in 1679 as a new settlement for the Dutch colonies of the Cape of Good Hope.
Free burgher farmers were released from their duties in the Dutch East India company and along with new settlers begin to work their own land.
Past records name the farm as Schuldpadvlei and later as Goedgelegen. The present name of Boschkloof is derived from the appearance of a natural ravine or kloof on the farm. It is overgrown with trees and bushes and many wild life reside there, such as deer, porcupine, mongoose, game fowl to name a few.
The farm has a topography with rolling hills with the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains as a backdrop. The soil is made up of Hutton top soil with deeper layers of shale, gravel and clay. Summer day time temperatures are high but thanks to the cool and fresh nights, permits the grape to rest and keeps its much needed freshness (acids).
Thanks to the relative average size of the vineyard, there is much space for manoeuvre and work the land with respect, balance and consideration, to achieve a balanced vine growth producing healthy good fruits.
South Africa facts and figures.
- Today South Africa exports about 450 million litres of wine
- There about 100,000 hectares of vine in South Africa.
- South Africa is committed to sustainable wine farming.
- South Africa is the 9th largest producer in the world
- Chenin blanc is the most widely planted variety in South Africa.
Price: €9 $10 £7
Visual: A warm but slightly green tint colour with reflections of yellow. Young fresh and sizzling is what this wine gives you. A perfect limpidity and a good reflection, giving away some good acids present in the wine. Its young/youthful appearance indicates that it is a wine also to be consumed young and not meant really to lay down for a long time, well that is the impression I got by observing the wine.
Nose: The nose is attacked straight away with many smells, of fruits, fleshy and juicy (melons and pears), lots of freshness of citruses and acids. The oak is firmly present and invades the nose with smells of spice and little vanilla. It smells power and youth, excitement and adventure, a wine that will sit well with pork belly.
Palate: The attack on the palate is fresh, slight oily/ buttery, with warm juicy fruits and freshness of the acidity. The oily feel little by little disappears to end up quite tight as a wine, indicating to me that the oak isn't new or that that wine has only be temporarily oaked or, split, meaning part tank part oak. It lingers on for some time but not to long.
Conclusion: A very pleasant wine to match along with white style meat, as pork, chicken and of course fleshy meaty fish. It has a good richness to it and not to warm and lazy, the acidity is well present which makes this wine pretty enjoyable to drink. At the price it stands it is thumbs up for value for money. A nice example of good South African wine, made with intention and vision. A little lack of complexity might be my only note but then it might not have been the intention of the house to look that far. Definitely worth a case of two for the cellar.
Score: I rate this wine 18.50/20 85/100 (rated as a very good wine)
18-18.9 very good wine
17-17.9 good wine
16-16.9 fair wine
15-15.9 drinkable wine
14-14.9 acceptable wine
Until next time please do drink responsibly