Boschendal sources grapes mainly from the Boschendal vineyards in Franschhoek and from suppliers in Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The crush started on 9 January and finished on 10 April. In fact, as group winemaker JC Bekker remembers, it was mostly done and dusted by mid-March. “
Old’ should never be confused with ‘age’. Some things actually improve with time. They don’t get old. They get better. That is a truism befitting Boschendal, which was granted to French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the South African Cape Colony.
Christian Eedes created this list after a Winelands property agent recently asked him which South African wine farms were considered “iconic”. This conversation arose when in 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million. “I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort of premium” said Christian.