Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2012

One to make the natives restless.

One to make the natives restless.

Owned by producer-wholesaler DGB, Boschendal should have more cachet as a wine label than it does. The 2012 vintage of Cecil John Reserve Shiraz (R235 a bottle) is a cracker, however.

Made by Bertho van der Westhuizen, previously part of the Kleine Zalze team, 50% of grapes come from a vineyard just off Winery Road in Stellenbosch and 50% from a vineyard in Swartland. Minimal new oak (10% if you belive the Boschendal website and 30% if you believe Platter’s) and maturation lasting 24 months.

Red and black fruit, crushed herbs, pepper and spice on the nose and palate. A really good core of fruit, snappy acidity and fine tannins. It’s impeccably well made, perhaps lacking the idiosyncrasy of some of the more radical Swartland stuff, but a real pleasure to drink.

Score: 94/100.

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