The 2012 (Wine Cellar price: R500 a bottle) is the second release from the Swartland property owned by Boekenhoutskloof after the 2010 (they are apparently holding back the 2011).
Wonderfully fragrant nose showing red and black fruit, purple flowers and herbs (a slightly greener note than “fynbos” would designate).
In the mouth, there’s good fruit density (in fact, it’s surprisingly rich given an abv of only 13.5%), lemon-like acidity and fine, powdery tannins. It’s a lot less stalky than the 2010 was on release but there’s still something ever so slightly peculiar on the back palate – to call it an “earthiness” is rather vague but I’m not sure how else to put it. Is this terroir? We shall see…