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Vinification

Extensive vineyard management including strict crop yield
control, leaf removal to increase sunlight exposure resulting
in optimal grape ripeness. Berry sorting at the winery ensures
only the perfect berries reach the fermentation tank. The
wine is partially fermented in open-top barrels with gentle,
hand punch-downs. The remainder of the wine is then
fermented in stainless steel tanks with gentle pump-overs and
long extended maceration periods on the grape skins after
fermentation that allows for silky integrated and balanced
tannins.

Certain components are aged in barrels for up to 19 months.
Only the 15 best barrels from all five Bordeaux varietals were
selected and carefully blended to bring forward the best of
each varietal and their unique terroir expression. The wine is
aged in 50% new and 50% second fill barrels, all French oak.

Tasting Notes

On the nose: Complex dark berry (pastille, cherry and plum)
with underlying aromatic spice.

Palate: A full-bodied wine with a cool-climate, silky elegance
that is complex, rich and has a good balance. Refined, good
integration of the varietals with each contributing character
to the blend. An intense, dense, lingering finish.

Vineyards

The vineyards are in two distinctly different terroir that
complement each other beautifully by bringing a delicate
touch to otherwise powerful wines. One terroir is the
weathered granite soil of the Helderberg foothills and the
other is Elgin’s cool-climate vineyards that deliver finesse and
elegance thanks to their constant and cool sea breezes

Ageing Potential

Drinking well already, yet promises greater
integration and intrigue for up to 10 years from vintage.

Vintage

2013

Varieties

37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet
Franc, 13% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot,
5% Malbec

Origin

Western Cape

Alcohol14% vol
pH3.6
Residual Sugar2.5 g/l
Total Acid5.6 g/l
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Accommodation

Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation ranging from the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage to beautifully restored farm labourer cottages. With emphasis on stylish simplicity the guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character.

The Farm

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Weddings & Functions

Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small functions. The Boschendal Manor House, Rhone Homestead, The Olive Press, the Werf Restaurant and the beautiful gardens are available to host an array of celebrations or events in a relaxed and tranquil environment.