Ever since the maiden vintage 1997 rated 5 Stars in the 2000 edition of Platter’s, this wine has lead the way in terms of the Shiraz revolution that has swept South Africa over the past decade or so.
In a tasting of reds ten years on from vintage conducted for WINE magazine last year, the 1999 was rated 4½ Stars. Sadly, an extra twelve months has not been that kind to the wine. Though it still shows wonderful aromatics, the palate is starting to fade, coming across a bit thick and soupy. If you have any in your cellar, drink up.
While the 1997 was made from the grapes of an old Somerset West vineyard, all subsequent vintages come from Wellington, not the most fashionable ward but increasingly the source of some stand-out good wines. In particular, Dunstone Shiraz 2008, which was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2010 and won gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show suggests that Boekenhoutskloof winemaker Marc Kent was ahead of his time in utilising the area.