Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2018
By Christian Eedes, 19 June 2020
Why has Epilogue Syrah from Stellenbosch property Boschkloof been such a stellar success in recent times? Upon reviewing the recently released 2018, I’m given to think it’s because it manages to combine power with grace and therefore satisfy both establishment and hipster wine drinkers equally.
Grapes picked in different batches, 30% of the blend is whole bunch fermented, with the rest destemmed. Regarding maturation, 25% of the wine went into concrete with the rest spends time in 400-litre vats of which 30% were new. Alcohol is 13.5%.
The nose is deep and complex with top notes of incense and dried herbs before dark berries, olive tapenade, vanilla, earth and black pepper while the palate is full but balanced – there’s plenty of fruit power in evidence but the wine is not short of freshness; the tannins meanwhile are fine and mouth-coating, the finish impressively long and savoury. At once, gentle and forceful.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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