Boekenhoutskloof, Syrah 750ml 2017

South Africa, Swartland
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'Gottfried Mocke has the advantage of using grapes from two contrasting but equally wonderful Syrah sites to produce this impressive red: Goldmine on decomposed schist and Porseleinberg on rocky, unyielding schist. Showing subtle stony aromas, it's deftly oaked, layered and very complex, with cherry and blackberry fruit, nuanced tannins and racy, refreshing acidity. One of the Cape's best examples. Drink 2021-32.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 96/100

‘Inky purple 2017 balances power & restraint, suppleness & concentration, with pristine blue-black fruit, polished leather & fine integrated oak flavours (ex 2,500L older Austrian foudres) in a sumptuous mouthful. Swartland fruit, spontaneously fermented, 35-40% wholebunch. Like 2016 (4.5 stars, 93 pts), will reward the patient.’ – Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (95/100)

'From Swartland grapes, 70% from Porseleinberg and 30% from Goldmine. 40% whole-bunch fermentation before 18 months of maturation in foudre. Some smoky reduction before red and black fruit, some musk and white pepper on the nose while the palate displays very good fruit concentration, a refreshing line of acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. Polished but not too much so.' – Christian Eedes,, 94/100

'The 2017 Syrah is 35% whole bunch fruit, fermented in concrete and matured for 16 months in 60% new oak. It has a seductive, beautifully defined bouquet, the pure dark cherry, boysenberry and pressed violet aromas wafting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, astutely judged acidity and lovely cohesion. There is real elegance in this Syrah, and a classic finish. You might well mistake it for the Northern Rhône (Cornas?) if served blind. Superb.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 94/100

Alc: 14.4% | RS: 1.3 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.7

About Boekenhoutskloof:
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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Alcohol 14.4%
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Blend information 100% Shiraz / Syrah
Rating TA 96
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