Boekenhoutskloof, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


TA – Tim Atkin MW
PG – Platter’s Wine Guide

The wine has a dark, brooding nose of black fruits and sweet spice. Aromas of intense cassis and an attractive perfumy character lends richness. The palate is opulent and velvety with classic dark berry fruits, showing blueberries, plums, mulberries and nuances of dark chocolate and graphite. The wine is full-bodied, with a good lemony acidity to balance the juicy wild berry fruit. Plush, svelte, integrated tannins add complexity to a rich, luscious wine. Black cherry and gentle hints of blueberry crumble linger on a brooding, earthy finish.

95 points – Tim Atkin MW

5 Stars – Platter’s Wine Guide 2024

93 points – James Suckling


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Made from selected parcels of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted on north-west facing slopes of the Helderberg mountain and a south-east facing slope of Vlottenburg. These pockets of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a combination of deep decomposed granite soils with Table Mountain sandstone and “koffieklip”. The mild maritime influence from the cool False Bay coast and granitic soils are evident in this wine’s hallmark minerality and classic, graphite-like profile.

A chilly and damp winter preceded the 2021 harvest, promoting favourable vine dormancy. The persistently cool, moist climate and reduced soil temperatures extended into spring, causing a delay in budbreak by up to two weeks. Subsequently, drier and moderate conditions prevailed during flowering and the rest of the growing season. This led to a gradual ripening process, contributing to outstanding colour and flavour maturation. The resultant wines exhibit complexity along with remarkable finesse and elegance.This particular vintage will be remembered for its small berries, characterized by a reduced juice-to-skin ratio, exceptional quality, and notably diminished yields.

The 2021 vintage was vinified entirely at Boekenhoutskloof in tulip-shaped concrete tanks with élevage on our OXOline system. The vinification and élevage processes significantly impact the style, resulting in a more refined claret-like structure with dark fruits and graphite.

  • Alcohol: 14.87%vol
  • RS: 2.50g/l
  • TA: 5.70g/l
  • pH: 3.73
  • W.O. Stellenbosch