Boschkloof was created in 1995 and named after the natural ravine or kloof on the farm. The land consists of rolling hills and picturesque mountain backdrops. The soil consists mostly of decomposed granite and koffieklip. The original vineyards on the farm consisted mostly of Cape Riesling, but Jacques decided to remove it and plant better-suited cultivars like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Today Boschkloof is most renowned for their Syrah, especially the single vineyard bottling called Epilogue. It was the first red wine of South Africa to score 98 points by an internationally acclaimed critic.
Today Jacques’ son Reenen is at the helm, with Jacques still putting his foot down when needed. Reenen has brought a young and fresh perspective to an already ascending estate. His university studies and work in the Rhône have impacted his stance greatly but it is his relationships with the new wave of South African winemakers and the sharing of ideals that has impacted him as much. The Borman’s farming methods are approached as sustainably as possible. All of the grapes are handpicked to secure the quality of the fruit before they enter the cellar. A hands-off approach towards vinification takes place in the cellar, with ambient yeast fermentations being used (with the occasional pied de cuve if kinetics are slow), showcasing the terroir and exposing a sense of place in the wines. Reenen has dialed back the amount of new oak greatly and added alternative fermentation and aging vessels (concrete, terra cotta, etc). The aim is to make timeless wines that tell a story and have a great personality within a quality bracket.