Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2001
By Christian Eedes, 18 January 2023
Designated as W.O. Coastal Region, grapes for the Syrah 2001 from Boekenhoutskloof were more specifically sourced from a Wellington vineyard. Matured in older oak for 27 months, it has an alcohol of 15% and rated 4 Stars in the August 2004 issue of Wine magazine (the panel consisting of Michael Fridjhon as chair, wine writer Angela Lloyd, the late Allan Mullins CWM, then MW-in-training Cathy van Zyl and Gyles Webb of Thelema).
The tasting note back then read as follows: “Very expressive bouquet: black fruit, pepper, meatiness, lilies, even peach. Well-defined palate, with ripe-but-not-jammy fruit, and soft, supple tannins. Long, savoury finish. Very Rhône-like. Drink now or keep for up to 7 years”.
Now 22 years on from vintage, the wine is still drinking well although that high alcohol is vexing. The nose shows red berries, stewed plums, black olive, meat stock, white pepper and other spice while the palate leaves one slightly ambivalent – it’s hearty and full of flavour but could also be said to lack mid-palate and drive, the finish hot.
Of note, this wine was previously reviewed on this site in March 2012, when it received a rating of 18/20, roughly equivalent to 93 – 95 on the 100-point scale (see here).
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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