Robert Parker stated in the Wine Advocate that “I was extremely impressed with the wines of Boekenhoutskloof Winery. Marc Kent, the young, talented winemaker combines the power and ripeness of the New World with the elegance and precision of the Old.” Boekenhoutskloof is the magical little wine farm which raises the bar and some of their more conventional neighbor’s eyebrows when it comes to creating some of the country’s finest wines.
Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms in the foothills of Franschhoek founded in 1776 and means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this farm is a lady who carries the dove of peace and hope and represents excellent quality which is prized by the winemaker, Marc Kent and the winery. His Boekenhoutskloof operation makes some very smart wines indeed: the premium Syrah is probably the best known, but perhaps more remarkable is his ‘The Chocolate Block’. ‘The Chocolate Block’ is a wine that’s bound to catch everyone’s attention, but the winery calls it a ‘wine with secrets to keep’. Platter’s South African Wine Guide named Boekenhoutskloof ‘Winery of the year’ in 2012. Its style reflects their belief that the Cape is prominently suited to blended reds. All of Marc Kent’s wines are sensationally good!