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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012


The Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof has always been among the best that South Africa can do but I’m a bit underwhelmed by the current-release 2012 – have other producers improved their respective offerings to the point where this particular wine is no longer stand-out?

Grapes, including a small percentage of whole bunch, were fermented naturally, the wine matured for 26 months in French oak, none new.

On the nose, a hint of reduction before red and black fruit, fynbos and vanilla. It’s extremely polished on the palate – rich and full (14.81% abv) with very fine tannins, the finish long and gently spicy. Certainly not unpleasurable to drink but pricey at over R400 a bottle retail.

Score: 90/100.


  1. I really admire and like the 2012 – perhaps more than any Boekenhoutskloof Syrah yet. Can scarcely believe the high alcohol, given the superb balance, elegance & freshness of the wine. The lack of oakiness is blissful. Plenty of fruit, piercingly pure. In ten years time it’ll be a great drink.

  2. Hi Tim, Let’s face it – wine ratings are a mug’s game. I’m sure on a different day, under different circumstances, I would really love the 2012. I have a memory from not so long ago of drinking an ’05 or ’06 while watching Western Province come from behind to wine an important Currie Cup match and I thought it was absolutely fabulous. Suffice to say, local Shiraz is a particularly strong category right now and it’s game on…


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