Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2019

By , 29 April 2022

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The 2019 vintage of Boekenhoutskloof Syrah involved one of the earliest pickings to date. The Swartland vineyards were exposed to extremely dry conditions during flowering. resulting in early set and bud break. Compared to previous vintages, the dry conditions resulted in small, compact berry clusters and reduced yields. Winemaking, meanwhile, involved 60% wholebunch fermentation before maturation in 2 500-litre foudre and 600-litre barrels for 18 months.

The result for me is a wine with an extra degree of charm and poise compared to 2018. The nose is initially shows top notes of red berries, rose and fynbos before more black berries, olive and pepper emerge while the palate is wonderfully pure with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins, all the elements coming together with clarity. Price: R495 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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