Boschkloof Syrah 2017

By , 6 January 2020

Cup runneth over.

The standard-release Syrah 2017 from Boschkloof in Stellenbosch has a lot to recommend it. It might not be quite as monumental or elaborate as the top-of-the-range Epilogue (the 2017 reviewed here) but then it doesn’t cost as much, either, with it selling for R195 a bottle compared to Epilogue’s price of R765.

The wines are made in a similar fashion, both undergoing 20% whole-bunch fermentation, the standard label getting slightly less new oak – 15% compared to 20% on the Epilogue. The nose on the standard label is less brooding with notes of pelargonium, red and black fruit, pepper and spice while the palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins. All of a piece and quite charming to drink.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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