A follow-up to our recent offer from Boekenhoutskloof; this time, we are featuring the Syrah. Established in 1776 in the Franschhoek Valley of South Africa, stands as one of the country's esteemed winemaking estates. With a history spanning centuries, the winery's name translates to "ravine of the Boekenhout" in Afrikaans, referencing the indigenous Boekenhout trees that populate the landscape. Boekenhoutskloof has carved its mark with a vineyard size of approximately 76 hectares, cultivating varietals such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Semillon. Renowned for its commitment to producing world-class wines, the winemaking approach marries traditional methods with modern techniques, resulting in wines that reflect both the terroir and the contemporary palate. Boekenhoutskloof has consistently garnered acclaim, solidifying its status as a leading player in South Africa's winemaking scene.
Grapes for the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah are picked from selected parcels of the finest Syrah, grown on their Swartland farms, namely Porseleinberg (88%) and Goldmine (12%), close to the small town of Riebeek-Kasteel. The Porseleinberg vineyards are planted on an extremely hard and rocky bedrock of decomposed Mica-Schist - a unique terroir within the appellation. The vineyards on Goldmine sit on the southwestern slopes of the Kasteelberg, comprising Brown Schist with deposits of Table Mountain Sandstone, which is weathered and washed from the adjacent mountain. The delicate combination of these two properties allows for the expression of both concentrated and structured wines made from this Rhône grape. Rather Cote-Rotie like this is a sensational Syrah that competes with some of the best of the Northern Rhone and is one of the most classic vintages they have produced here. Two great notes below by Atkin and Martin, this is a beautiful Syrah and at this low pricing is worth checking out.
Tim Atkin 97 points! "The 2020 Syrah is a 90/10 cuvée of grapes from the Porseleinberg and Goldmine properties and is another triumphant release frorn Marc Kent and Gottfried Mocke. Far from being a blockbuster, this is a subtle, layered wine, with aromas of violet and five-spice, subtle 60% whole bunches and flavours of bramble, blackberry and goji berry. Silky, scented and deftly oaked. 2023-32""
Vinous (Neil Martin) 94 points! "The 2020 Syrah Boekenhoutskloof is the first vintage under 14% alcohol. It utilizes 60% whole bunches with natural ferment in concrete vats and aged for 18 months mainly in Stockinger <strong>foudres</strong>. It has a cool but focused bouquet that gains intensity with aeration: blackcurrants, bilberry, pressed iris flower and a pinch of Provençal herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, sappy and beautifully balanced, gently building towards a voluminous, almost Côte-Rôtie-like finish. One of the best Syrahs that I have tasted from Boekenhoutskloof in a while."