The 2016 is the second time that the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof is certified as being from the Swartland – 80% of the grapes from Porseleinberg and 20% from this operation’s Goldmine vineyards on Kasteelberg – and it seems to suggest that this cuvée is being taken in a more refined direction, this being the accomplished Gottfried Mocke’s first vintage as part of the winemaking team.
The nose is very aromatic with notes of red and black fruit, olive brine, dried herbs and violets plus some spice. The palate is concentrated yet still possessing plenty of energy – it feels less sumptuous and polished than the previous vintage and that’s a good thing, for me at least, contributing to greater drinkability. Also possessing wonderfully fine tannins, this is a very assured, sophisticated offering (alcohol: 14%). Wine Cellar price: R465 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 95/100.
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2016
98% old-vine Franschhoek Semillon, 2% Muscat de Frontignan. Top notes of hay and a vague floral perfume before grapefruit, white peach and blackcurrant with some waxiness and spice in the background. The palate is nicely weighted and none too funky with plump fruit and fresh acidity, a gently savoury quality to the finish (alcohol: 13.5%). Again, it seems a carefully thought out wine, a little lighter and prettier than the 2015. Wine Cellar price: R305 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.