Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
R490
Out of stock
97
TA
New
'Given that 80% of Boekenhoutskloof's Syrah now hails from Porseleinberg (the remainder is from Goldmine), it's no surprise that this is such an impressive wine. Fermented with 40% whole bunches, it's subtle, scented and almost delicate, with filigree tannins, rose petal top notes, some clove and nutmeg spice and a hint of oak. Drink 2022-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 97/100

'The third vintage of this stellar wine using only Swartland grapes – 80% from Porseleinberg (‘for blue-fruit freshness, concentration and structure’ says Marc Kent) and 20% from Goldmine (‘depth and richness’). Amazing concentration on nose and palate, boasting sappy and stalky vibrancy from 40% whole-bunch fermentation. Rich, full, velvety mouthfeel, with 18 months in old foudres and demi-muids giving gentle pepper and exotic spice notes. Elegant, pure and juicy, with an ethereal floral lift that carries through the long finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030.' – Tina Gellie, Decanter, 97/100

'Heady scents of plums & cherries mixed with fresh violets on 2018, showing vibrant colour while lively acidity & polished tannins build on the palate. Whiffs of pepper & coriander spice, juicy texture courtesy 40% wholebunch fruit. All old oak, no distraction from fruit purity here. Swartland fruit, like 2017 (5 stars, 95 pts).' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'Now sourced from the Swartland from fruit grown on the famed Porseleinberg vineyard and also the Goldmine farm vineyards next door to the Mullineux’s Roundstone farm. This wine shows lashings of sweet molasses, earthy black berries, tilled earth and smoky salty black liquorice. The layers of black earthy berry fruit are noticeably savoury with notes of barbequed meats, bacon fat, buttered brown toast and brûléed milk chocolate notes on the finish.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94/100

'The 2018 Syrah, which includes 40% whole bunch, has a very intense bouquet of macerated dark cherries, boysenberry, mint and light garrigue scents. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannins and layers of licorice-tinged black fruit. Grippy and firm, this Syrah will require 2–3 years in bottle to soften. Very fine. Drink 2023-2032.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 92/100 (Apr 2021)

'Dark fruit dominates an intense, brooding nose with its black currant, black olive, tar and graphite aromas. Luscious, sweet red and dark berries follow through onto an exceptionally complex palate with rich flavours of ripe plums, black cardamom and hints of ground pepper and sweet tobacco. A serious core of cured meat and green olive tapenade add to the attractive savoury character of the structured mid-palate, with notes of milk chocolate coating the mouth. The wine is supple, medium to full-bodied, with beautiful concentration, silky-textured tannins and vibrant acidity to balance. Red fruit and spice linger on the finish with classic nuances of white pepper and lively garrigue adding a Provencal character.' – Marc Kent, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Marc Kent
Alcohol 14.1%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Rating TA 97
Technical analysis RS: 1.7 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.73
Producer information Boekenhoutskloof, located in the Franschhoek valley, was established in 1776 and gets its name 'Boekenhout' from an indigenous Beech tree. Boekenhoutskloof, managed by Marc Kent, describes themself as a Syrah specialist. They have various brands within their portfolio including Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap, Porcupine Ridge and The Chocolate Block. Their efforts in conservation can be seen through initiatives they have taken-on in their farm and surrounding areas. They are also a founding member of the Franschhoek Mountain Conservancy.
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