75cl * Vegan * 14.5% ABV * Franschhoek, Swartland, South Africa
Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, Boekenhoutskloof's name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). The indigenous Boekenhout tree is prized for furniture making. The label of the premium Boekenhoutskloof range pays tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and the beauty they created from natural sources, which is echoed in winemakers Marc Kent and Gottfried Mocke's pursuit of fine wine-making.
The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah fruit has been sourced from a specific site in Wellington since 1998, because of the unmistakable character that the decomposed granite exhibits. The vines were planted on the south-east-facing slope in 1993 to maximize the cooling effect of the prevailing easterly wind.
This Syrah is a deep, dark garnet with unmistakable white pepper on the nose. Suggestions of floral and mineral notes and underpinned with a hint of leather and a savoury herbiness. The sultry spicy fruit, especially the blackcurrant and cherry on the nose, penetrates the palate with remarkable complexity and purity. The bottle age offers depth and an incredibly soft integration of flavours. Exceptionally smooth, round and lithe with superb complexity and elegance. Intriguing savoury, gamey flavours linger on the finish.