Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. Our Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century. Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century, it has a plain back and a shaped top rail with half-round opening. The chairs on our wine label all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.
We are exceptionally proud that our Semillon has always been sourced on long-term contract from Eikehof farm, situated next to the Franschhoek River just outside the town of Franschhoek. When Tielman Francois Malherbe purchased the farm in 1903, it already had an established Semillon vineyard, which the KWV subsequently recorded as having been planted in 1902 – making it the oldest Semillon vineyard in the country. We identified the vineyard’s potential early on and have been sourcing our grapes from this site ever since we first produced a Semillon in 1997. The bush vines are planted 1.4m x 1.4m on alluvial soils with a high loam content and their deep root system and high skin-to-pulp ratio produce intensely complex and well-structured wines with unbelievable ageing potential.
Eikehof is also home to another Semillon vineyard, planted in 1942 on even sandier soils. Grapes from this site became an integral part of our Semillon from the 2001 vintage onwards. From 2013 we have included fruit from a vineyard planted in 1936 on La Colleen – a site with an even higher percentage of Semillon Gris (12%). This site is situated at 380m above sea level and faces southeast, which captures more natural acidity.
Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind the dynamic farm. A maverick spirit, Marc is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, but his principal commitment is to quality on every level and in every detail.