BOSJES in the Breedekloof Valley offers an incredible experience for guests, with beautiful gardens and recently revamped farm-style fine dining. The luxury destination also offers a unique wine experience, with reserve wines selected by Cape Wine Master Alan Mullins, each a terroir showpiece.
Last year, BOSJES releases two delicious additions to its portfolio – the BOSJES Chardonnay Reserve 2018 and BOSJES Shiraz Reserve 2016, sourced from the award-winning Bergsig Estate and Silkbush Mountain Vineyards, respectively.
They join the unique range of BOSJES wines that honour the farm’s location, but reflect “a totally different approach and methodology,” according to Allan. “The reserve wines were from vineyards that excel in their chosen cultivars,” says Allan. “The grapes had to have been hand-sorted and no expense or personal attention had to have been spared in the winemaking process. They needed to be exceptional ambassadors for their cultivar and present a complex bouquet with layers of balanced yet expressive flavours.”
The Chardonnay has a bouquet of peach and apricot, with layers of lively citrus. “There is fruit, vanilla and a light toastiness on the creamy, mouth-filling palate, which is balanced by a refreshing lime leaf acidity,” says Allan. “The finish lingers with delectable citrus notes.” As the wines needed to work well with food, to complement BOSJES’ culinary creations, “the palate had to have a rounded, supple texture with generous fruit, subtle oaking and a serious yet approachable mouth-feel,” says Allan. Food pairing suggestions for the Chardonnay include fish with a lemon sauce, shellfish and pasta, or meat dishes with chicken, duck or veal.
The Shiraz, says Allan, is from cooler high lying vineyards that ensures richness and elegance. “The nose entices with flavours ranging from bright raspberry to darker plum, as well as fynbos, white pepper and spice. The palate is soft and succulent with juicy fruit mingling with savoury black olive, and has a mellow, long-lasting finish,” says Allan. He suggests pairing the Shiraz with meat dishes such as beef with a Shiraz-based sauce, oxtail, lamb shanks or crispy pork belly with an apple sauce.
Wines currently in the BOSJES range include the BOSJES House Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that incorporates Shiraz, Pinotage and Merlot and a dash of Portuguese cultivar Touriga Nacional; and, the BOSJES House White, a blend of Chenin Blanc with a splash of Viognier – and four single-cultivar wines: the BOSJES Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wines are exclusively available from the farm – the Chardonnay Reserve 2018 sells for R270 a bottle and the Shiraz Reserve 2016 for R320 per bottle.