Distinctly different to the Stellenbosch cuvee, the aromatics are fleshy and plush, overtly generous on the nose with purple flowers, mulberry, black currant and subtle hints of milk chocolate, salted toffee and creme brûlée. The palate is elegant and polished with fine gravelly tannins, soft black berry compote fruit and a long, chalky finish with espresso and graphite nuances. Deliciously regal as always. Drink now to 2035+.
95/100 Greg Sherwood MW
Producer Information: Boekenhoutskloof
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776 in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschoek. It is now one of the most celebrated of all South African wineries; voted winery of the year in 2012 by the influential South African journalist John Platter. The wineries recent fame dates from 1993 when new owners completely restored the vineyards and established new plantings.
As a producer, Boekenhoutskloof is a Syrah specialist, with its premium Boekenhoutskloof range selling out on release each vintage, and The Chocolate Block – a Syrah based blend – is probably the most successful new wine offering to come out of South Africa in the modern era. Marc Kent, with a commitment to the highest quality runs the winery.