Boschkloof new releases

By , 27 June 2022

Reenen Borman of Boschkloof in Stellenbosch wants his red blend that is Conclusion to be on par with his now esteemed Epilogue Syrah. Will he get there? In all probability but right now it’s just as interesting to drink Epilogue and consider it how it compares to his other iteration of Syrah that is Sons of Sugarland. Borman says Epilogue’s much more considered involving multiple picks and the careful use of oak whereas Sons of Sugerland is more “raw” (see review of the 2021 here).

Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2020
Price: R795
30% whole-bunch, two-third fermented and matured for some 14 – 16 months in cement, one-third in 400-litre barrels, all new. Genteel aromatics of red and black berries plus violets, subtle notes of dried herbs, cinnamon and white pepper. The palate is precise and detailed – the wine is medium bodied but there is a certain succulence to the fruit and good freshness, while the tannins are wonderfully fine-grained, making for a texture that is smooth, almost creamy. Precise and detailed, this has a finesse that is a result of exacting craftsmanship. A modest 13.5% in alcohol, it’s nevertheless not insubstantial or lacking in intensity.

CE’s rating: 96/100.

Boschkloof Conclusion 2020
Price: R430
39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 18% Syrah – eventually intended to be a representation of the property but this vintage includes bought-in fruit as Borman waits for new, virus-free vineyards to come online. Red and black berries, rose, a quite pronounced fresh herbs character and liquorice. Medium bodied with fresh acidity, the tannins firm yet fine, the finish long and dry.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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