INTERVIEW WITH:MARC KENT BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

THE ONLY CHALLENGING PART ABOUT TALKING TO MARC KENT WAS LEARNING TO SAY THE NAME “BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF”! ANOTHER INTERESTING, NEW TOPIC TO EXPLORE WAS HIS FASCINATION WITH AND USE OF SYRAH, WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRADITIONALLY A RHÔNE VARIETAL TO ME. BUT MARC IS PART OF A RISING TIDE OF YOUNG, ENERGETIC WINEMAKERS IN SOUTH AFRICA WHO ARE FOCUSING ON PRODUCING SMALL LOTS OF HIGH-QUALITY SYRAH AND OTHER RHÔNE VARIETALS—WINES THAT ARE GETTING HIGH MARKS FROM CRITICS AND GROWING MEDIA ATTENTION.

Marc Kent—who once was on track to become a pilot with the South African Air Force until the changing political landscape derailed that option—is both winemaker for and a partner in Boekenhoutskloof, ...

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