The aromatics are initially shy, slowly releasing notes of brûléed coffee beans, grilled herbs, cured meats and underlying hints of garrigue and sweet red and black berries. The palate is cool and broody with notes of liquorice and tar, barbecued meats and sun raisined cherries and a touch of smoky bacon fat and coffee beans on the finish. A slightly more restrained, mineral expression than previous drought vintages. Drink now and over 10 to 15+ years. 93+/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.