Boschendal Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011 (R140 a bottle) was awarded gold and the South African Red Rhône Varietal under £15 Trophy at the recent Decent World Wine Awards and it’s obviously intended as a serious proposition.
Grapes are from a vineyard in Faure planted in 1999 and bearing a relatively low yield of 4.5 tons a hectare. In the cellar, it was matured for 17 months in French oak barrels, 20% first-fill, 40% third-fill and 40% fifth-fill. Abv 14.5%, RS 1.4g/l, TA 6.0g/l and pH 3.6.
On tasting it, however, I have to conclude that the Decanter judges got steamrolled. It initially impresses on account of the power on show but really it’s not much fun to drink, the fruit super-ripe and slightly macerated, the texture all too smooth, the finish disconcertingly warm. Trophy winning wines really ought to show more refinement and the thing is South Africa is finally starting to deliver on that.