Boschendal is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Cape wine lands, one of South Africas original wine farms eagerly awaits your arrival. With a winemaking tradition spanning over 300 years, Boschendal Wine Estate offers a veritable treat for wine lovers everywhere. This gracious national treasure is a familiar favourite to many and a glorious discovery for countless others.
Wine of Origin:
In the Vineyard:
Selected vineyards on predominantly granite soils from cool coastal regions. Meticulous canopy management was followed including shoot thinning to increase sunlight penetration. Careful tipping of the shoots began at the end of January to build up the concentration of nutrients in the berries. Small, uneven bunches were removed two weeks before harvesting.
The 2016 vintage was one of the driest years we have experienced in ages. A dry winter followed by a dry summer, and fewer tons per hectare than usual. It did, however, result in small berries and great fruit concentration for the wines.
After hand-harvesting and destemming, the berries were mechanically sorted to remove any green and to allow only clean and healthy berries into the fermentation tank. Fermentation lasted 7–12 days at26–28°C, during which time thorough aerations took place while pumping over. Extended post-fermentation maceration up to a month ensured the extraction of ripe and round tannins and colour before pressing. Aged in first- to fourth-fill 300-litre barrels for 15–16 months.
Alc: 14 % vol
RS: 3.5 g/ℓ
TA: 5.8 g/ℓ