This was the place I was most exciting about visiting and trying the wines. Marc Kent, the winemaker, is hilarious and candid.
Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc: Nice; not at all green or vegetal. 12.5% alcohol. Best Sauv Blanc in South Africa for the money.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2005: From 40-100+ year old vines. Wonderful Chardonnay alternative. Very complex. Would be great with crab and lobster.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2003: Much more developed, unctuous. Darker color.
Wolftrap 2007: Very juicy. Syrah/Mourvedre/Viognier
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2007: Juicy and spicy; no new oak.
Chocolate Block 2006: Super-oaky; great Aussie/California/Washington alternative. Iconic name/label that sells itself.
Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2005: Herbal profile; super-concentrated. 8% Cab Franc.
Boekenhoutskloof Shiraz 2005: Rich and slutty red. No new oak, so the fruit character really comes through. Hard to keep your hands off it now, but decant or cellar. Top Shiraz in South Africa and one of the top reds, period.
The Journeyman. Not yet released, this is a Cab Franc blended with Cab Sauv and Merlot. This is one to look out for; even better than the Syrah. Will be limited and fabulous.