I love the label drawing of the crested porcupine drawn by leading South Africa wildlife artist, Zakkie Eloff. These crested porcupines inhabit the vineyards of the Boekenhoutskloof homestead. At the winery they call this wine "the wild one," and it's easy to see why. It's a bold, meaty wine with concentrated flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black pepper and licorice. You'll also pick up notions of menthol, oregano and cocoa powder.
Plum, dark cherry, Indian spice, currents, dark chocolate and leather.
The first governor of the Cape planted a vineyard in 1655, but because the Dutch had virtually no wine tradition, it took the arrival of French Huguenots in 1680 to get things going. Nestled between towering mountains in the Cape Wine Lands only 40 minute from Cape Town lies the Franschoek Valley (French Corner), home of Porcupine Ridge and the Boekenhoutskloof winery founded in 1716. In 1993 new owners bought the spectacular property and established a new vineyard planting program with superb results.
You can drink the Porcupine Ridge on its own with a piece of cheese, but I think it deserves a good meal. If you followed the Top Chef Masters TV show, one of my winning recipes was my Lamb Stuffed with Fig Mostarda, which will make an excellent companion for this wine. Alternatively, fire up the grill and eat my hearty Grilled Lamb Steaks with Herbs de Napa. Serve with a green salad on the side, and all will be singing your praises.
You can pronounce Boekenhoutskloof a lot better after finishing the bottle.
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