Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2006

Good to go.

Good to go.

How much should we expect of top-end SA red when it comes to maturation potential? I think most get to optimum drinking a lot quicker than their European counterparts and this is  something we should with which we should all make peace.

Over the weekend, the Syrah 2006 from Boekenhoutskloof, rated 5 Stars in the 2009 edition of Platter’s. Red berries, white pepper but also the start of some developed character on the nose and palate.

Nothing crass or obvious about it, quite elusive in fact. Should the fruit have been more intact or was this unfair to want of the wine seven years after vintage? Plenty to like about including lemon-like acidity and really fine tannins but should you have it in your cellar, certainly no crime to start drinking it.

Score: 91/100.

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  1. GrantMay 31, 2013 at 6:37 amReply

    “There are no great wines, just great bottles”…an adage created to explain away the inconsistency of cork. Have found this to be true recently with a stash of 2005 White Burgundy. Some bottles of the same wine have been profound, others tired and past it. It’s just the way it is when cork is in play.

  2. Francois.RMay 27, 2013 at 12:00 pmReply

    Hi Christian,
    Do you know the provenance of the bottle? Was it well cellared?

    • ChristianMay 27, 2013 at 3:08 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Francois R, Cellaring not an issue. Perhaps my opinion skewed by just how magnificent the 2003 looked in the recent RE:CM 10 Year Old Wine Awards – wines like that the exception rather than the rule.

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