Boekenhoutskloof Estate Syrah 2014  £44.95

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The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is sourced from three different sites. Having acquired two new properties in the Swartland (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago for their unique terroir of rocky bedrock and decomposed mica schist soils. These vineyards contribute to a substantial amount to the current bottling, although the original Wellington vineyard still contributes roughly 40% of our Syrah.

The fruit from each site is vinified separately as each parcel shows distinctive and individual characteristics. The grapes are partially de-stemmed and ferment spontaneously in concrete tanks with a soft délestage 2-3 times a day. Once cuvaison has been completed, the wine is moved to large traditional 2500L foudres and 600L demi-muids for further ageing for up to 18 months, depending on the vintage.

The nose offers cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with an abundance of dark plums and violets with hints of white pepper and dark chocolate. The attack on the palate is rich, generous and intense with the sweet spices and dark berry fruit following through. The wine is exceptionally smooth and balanced with perfectly integrated acidity and mouth-filling, svelte tannins adding to the fine structure. The finish is long with great fruit purity

90 Points Neal Martin for

The 2014 Syrah is the last vintage that contains fruit from Wellington; this is 60% Porseleinberg and 40% Wellington, whereas 2015 will be W.O Swartland. It includes 25% whole bunch fruit and after pressing is transferred into 600-liter and 2,500-liter Stockinger foudres. Now this has an attractive bouquet with raspberry, wilted violet and subtle cassis aromas that unfurl gradually in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a fine line of acidity, well balanced with good structure towards the finish, a touch of sour lemon right on the aftertaste. Very fine.
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