Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon & Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Italian Shepherd Pie – 17.08.2017

Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Boschendal 1682 Cabernet Sauvignon is a reincarnation of the great Cabernets of the 70s and 80s.  I was fortunate to arrive at Boschendal in the late 1970s when the first serious winemakers Achim von Arnim and Peter Finlayson were working in what later became the Ronnie van Rooyen Cellar.  Ronnie, one of the most delightful old school winemakers, was winemaker for over 30 years.

The first Boschendal White Wines appeared late in 1978, and then a couple of years later, the reds were launched and the blockbuster Boschendal Blanc de Noir, the first under that moniker.

Cabernet Sauvignon on the vine

The reds were made for lasting and at a recent tasting of the older vintage Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignons, the wines shone. Affirmation that the estate’s vineyards could produce great Cabernet and that the winemakers could create sublime age-able wines.

Things move on and with the change of legislation Boschendal Estate is now able to buy in grapes from other regions. The grapes for the Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 are sourced in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, well known for its fine Cabernets.

Hand harvested and once in the cellar destalked. The berries were then sorted to ensure that only the best went into the fermentation tanks.

With punch downs and pump overs and a month of post fermentation maceration ensured maximum colour, aroma and cashmere clad tannins.

Richard Duckitt, Boschendal’s Red Winemaker

Oak maturation took place in a variety of first to fourth fill 300 litre French oak barrels, before the wine was prepared for bottling in the now classic Boschendal bottle which first made its appearance at Boschendal’s 300th birthday in 1985.

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It looks like
Packed in the embossed special Boschendal shape bottle with an elegant label. In the glass, a bright dark plum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the meniscus.

It smells like
Classical Cabernet whiffs. Rich and ripe black fruit and fruit cake spice.

It tastes like
Brilliant entry, generously packed with dark fruits, a line of bright fruited acidity running through the broad mid-palate into an ending in which the fruit, the oak and its concomitant spices, the acidity are all perfectly inter woven. I do feel a little frisson when drinking a wine like this, we lived on Boschendal for almost 10 years.

Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Italian Shepherd Pie

It’s good with
This is a food wine. It is also a serious wine for postprandial conversation with a bar of snappy dark Belgian chocolate. The ideal Sunday Roast Lunch partner, yet works really well with a well cooked and flavoursome mid-week supper dish. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Italian Shepherd Pie is perfect for this wine on a Wednesday evening. Click here for her recipe.

Carey Boucher Erasmus

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