Wine & Spirits 90
"This is so juicy and welcoming it would be easy to gulp it down without noticing the detail, but it’s worth taking in: With air the flavors deepen, taking on earthy, meaty qualities as well as floral notes. At $13, it’s a bargain.”-W&S
"The wine is vivid purple, almost inky black, in color with a pink pomegranate rim. The nose is intense, dark and brooding with violets and perfume in abundance and subtle whiffs of white pepper. The juicy palate shows dark blue- and blackberry fruit further dominated by vibrant liquorice and hints of cloves, nutmeg and star aniseed. The wine is balanced and focused, elegant yet complex, with fine grained tannins. The spicy finish lingers with a bouquet of violets and black cherry following through from the palate."-Winemaker Notes
"Porcupine Ridge is a range of delicious, everyday wines and is a firm favorite on tables throughout the world – offering great value and superb drinking. It is proudly named after the Crested Porcupine, a most unique and fascinating inhabitant of the farm. Marc Kent is the owner, chief winemaker, and driving force behind the Porcupine Ridge label. A maverick spirit, Marc is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional, but his principal commitment is to quality on every level and in every detail. Marc is also the owner of Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, The Wolftrap, Helderberg Winery, and Cap Maritime."-Winery Notes
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In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, eager to find a way to relieve the symptoms of scurvy, suggested to the Dutch East India Company that the Cape Province of South Africa would be suitable for growing grapes. Nine years later the first wine was pressed from grapes grown on cuttings brought from France. The prime grape growing areas of South Africa spread out from Cape Town, and include the Paarl ('pearl' in Afrikaans), which to the east encompasses Franschhoek ('French corner') home of the first French Huguenot settlers. Boekenhoutskloof, its homestead dating from 1784, is located in the Franschhoek Valley. The owners of Boekenhoutskloof have revamped an ancient cellar, and have installed state-of-the-art equipment as well as a quality maturation cellar. Marc Kent is the winemaker for the Boekenhoutskloof wines as well as the Porcupine Ridge, Wolftrap, and Chocolate Block ranges of wine.
This range of delicious, everyday wines is a firm favourite on tables throughout the world – offering great value and superb drinking. The range is proudly named after the Crested Porcupine, a most unique and fascinating inhabitant of the farm. Boekenhoutskloof is also involved in its conservation through a research project – learn more by visiting www.porcupinequest.com.