The Syrah 2010 from Boschkloof has picked up some serious bling recently and so I wanted to take a view on just how good it is. “Try it next to the 2011 as there’s a slight change in style,” said Reenen Borman who works with his dad Jacques on this family-owned property in Stellenbosch.
Make no mistake, these are powerful wines with them both coming in at 15% alcohol by volume. What is the change in style that Borman speaks of? I think he’s aiming for a little more finesse with the 2011 relative to the 2010 – more freshness, less extraction, less oak influence – but as with poker, sometimes all-in is the only way to go.
Boschkloof Syrah 2010
Two clones: SH 21 and SH 99. Spontaneous ferment. Matured for 14 months in 96% French and 4% American oak, 20% new. Fantastic aromatics – red and black fruit, fynbos and delicate spice. Great concentration and carries its alcohol remarkably well – the wine appearing rich and generous rather than warm. The tannins are fine but not too fine. A really seductive bottle of wine.
Boschkloof Syrah 2011 (current release – price: R125)
From clone SH 99. Spontaneous ferment. Matured for 14 months in French oak, 10% new. Very ripe black fruit, black pepper and some floral perfume. Big, rich and smooth textured – very well assembled but lacking the panache of the 2010.