The Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman is arguably SA’s rarest wine. Produced from a selection of the finest barrels and only made in top vintages, Marc Kent’s estate wine has never been commercially available – until now.
‘2005 gave us our first opportunity to make a Cabernet Franc that was proudly Boekenhoutskloof,’ said Marc, who named the wine after his cockney grandfather who was apparently described as ‘The Journeyman’ on his father’s birth certificate. Because the Franschhoek vineyard only ripens perfectly in certain vintages, The Journeyman has only been produced in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and now 2015.
Wine Cellar is delighted to offer a small parcel of this 5-barrel wonder from the greatest modern day vintage.
The 2015 comprises of 90% Cabernet Franc from a 15-year-old vineyard high up on the property, along with Merlot from an old block next to the winery. It was fermented in new oak and then matured for 2 years before bottling. Showing its signature silky tannins, the 2015 seems to offer an extra level of performance. One would expect the Cabernet Franc’s leafy or earthy notes to be evident but The Journeyman veers more towards a modern style of fine Bordeaux.
Beautifully pure and suave on the nose, it shows black cherries, perfume and a touch of spice. Hauntingly deep, the palate is both towering and succulent with an incredibly powerful and elegant stance. A hint of tobacco leaf and black currant leads on to a very long, layered and dry finish. The lick of new oak is typical for Boekenhoutskloof and is set to integrate over the next few years. Since the 2005 is still remarkably primary, expect this extraordinary 2015 to age well for 2 decades or more.
Dancing perfectly between modern and classic, this is one of the finest South African reds we have ever tasted and praise from critics is sure to follow.
Please note, a maximum of 6 bottles per person.
Boekenhoutskloof, The Journeyman 2015 – R 1,500
The nose is exceptionally complex, with intense blackcurrant, graphite and cigar box aromas. The cassis, subtle spice, perfume and lead pencil of the nose follows through onto a lithe, precise mid-palate, showing pure red and dark berry fruit flavours and great depth. The wine is suave and poised, yet powerful, with a delicate texture. The tannins are firm, yet very fine and the wine lingers with a subtle spicy, cedary finish.