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Boschkloof Wines


The wines below are represented by Sovereign Selection in the United States.

The Farm

The farm is 25 hectares in extent and is situated eight kilometres west of Stellenbosch in one of South Africas prime red wine producing regions. Stellenbosch was founded by Commander Simon van der Stel in 1679 as a new settlement for the Dutch colonists of the Cape of Good Hope. This created a centre for the growth of a new community, and one in which from the beginning wine was to form a major element. Free burgher farmers were released from their duties in the Dutch East India Company and along with new settlers began to work their own land. Past records name the farm as Schuldpadvlei and later as Goedgelegen. The present name of Boschkloof is derived from the appearance of a natural ravine or "kloof" on the farm. It is overgrown with trees and bushes and several wild lifespecies reside here, including small deer, porcupines, mongoose, game fowl etc.

Boschkloof Wines Farm Dogs

Zara & Kaptein Kaptein

The Vineyard

The topography of the land consists of rolling hills with the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains as backdrop. Table Mountain and False Bay ocean can be seen from high points on the farm. The soil is made up of mixed types, with mainly Hutton top-soil and deeper layers of shale, gravel and clay. While daytime temperatures in summer are fairly high, the cool ocean breeze in the afternoon and high elevation cause a drop in temperature and cool nights. This ensures full, crisp and healthy fruit. The Mediterranean climate and heavy lime-rich soils with average low vine vigour, create an ideal situation for the production of quality grapes and premium wines. Grape varieties currently comprise Chardonnay,Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. All vines are trellised and drip irrigated. While the plantings are of selected and "shy bearing" clones of each variety, additional complexity of character in the wine is obtained by cultivating two different Cabernet, Shiraz Chardonnay clones.

The relatively small size of the farm make personal involvement with the soil and hand-on training and supervision of the work force possible. The overriding viticultural goal is to achieve balanced vine growth, with naturally open vine canopies and good fruit exposure to sunlight without excessive temperatures. Planting densities vary between 3 800 to 4 800 vines per hectare depending on clone and rootstock vigour. It is because of the balance of the naturally lower yields of an average between 5 and 8 tons per hectare and the growth habit of the vines, that optimal grape quality results.

The Cellar

The cellar was established in 1995 and the first harvest processed in 1996. The cellar capacity at present stands at 200 tons of grapes. It is the aim of management to be personally involved in all cellar activities. Boschkloof will therefore always remain a boutique wine cellar.

We believe that the process of making great wines begin in the vineyards. The grapes are havested by selected hand picking. The time of harvest is based on ripeness and favour balance. By concentrating on the delivery of cool and healthy grapes to the cellar, we minimise interference in the natural processes of wine development. The red wines are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We are careful to ensure optimal skin contact. We apply very low levels of sulphur, gravity assisted draining of tanks to minimise pumping and handling of wine; and light filtration only if necessary. The fermentation process is initiated by inoculation of carefully selected imported yeasts. Tight-grained French oak barrels are used for the fermentation of Chardonnay and maturing of the red wine. By focusing on only four grape varieties, we are able to adopt a single cellar philosophy and pursue our goal of continuous improvement in our wines. All our wines are certified, bottled and labelled on the farm.

Jacques Borman

Jacques BormanFrom 1978 – 1982, Jacques studied viticulture, pomology and cellar technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College where he was awarded Dux (cum-laude and highest academic achiever). He then worked as an assistant winemaker at Simonsig Wine Estate for 1983 and 1984. The Rupert family approached Jacques to develop La Motte Wine Estate where he was the winemaker from 1985 - 2003. Jacques was also appointed as Production Director for Rupert and Rothchild from 1997 – 2003, where he worked with the world renowned wine consultant, Mr Michel Rolland. In 1996, Jacques fulfilled his dreams by starting a small family winery, namely Boschkloof Wines. After the 2010 harvest, Jacques and his family moved to Boschkloof farm where they are currently residing.

Jacques Borman was also the chairman for the South African Shiraz Forum and is currently a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild.

Reenen Borman

Reenen BormanIn 2009, Reenen graduated at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Viticulture and Oenology. After a harvest at L’Omarins and Rhone valley in France, he joined the family business. As of 2010, Reenen is appointed as Winemaker of Boschkloof Wines.