Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’ (pronounced Book-n-Howt). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree. In 1993 the farm and homestead were bought and restored and a new vineyard planting program was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier. Other properties – in Stellenbosh, Hemel-en-Aarde and Swartland – have been added since.
Invasive alien plants are being removed from Boekenhoutskloof. Restoration of the sensitive riverine area, as well as the reintroduction of various indigenous protea species is ongoing. The rare Erica Lerouxiae has been identified on the property and is unique to Boekenhoutskloof and the neighbouring farm.
The Boekenhout is greatly prized for making fine furniture which is reflected on the Boekenhoutskloof label featuring seven different chairs These pay tribute to the skills of the 18th Century craftsmen and their achievement in creating beauty from natural sources – just like fine winemaking.
The lady embossed on the top of each bottle is the figurehead of Boekenhoutskloof. She is an adaptation of an early silver hallmark of the Cape of Good Hope and she carries the dove of peace and hope. Guarding over Boekenhoutskloof, she represents intrinsic quality, which those at Boekenhout prize above all else.
The first vintage of The Chocolate Block was produced in 2002 and 15 barrels were bottled and released in 2003. The style of this wine reflects the belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of the wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best mirror the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.