Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

The 2015 vintage is the first time that the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof is certified as being from the Swartland. The nose is very fragrant with notes of black berries, olive, lavender, white pepper and just a hint of reduction. The palate is rich and broad and very well balanced – dense fruit and fine tannins […]

September 20, 2017
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World. […]

March 7, 2017
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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2014

Boekenhoutskloof acquired two Swartland properties (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago and these supply 60% of the fruit for the 2014 vintage of the cellar’s acclaimed Syrah, the traditional Wellington vineyard the remaining 40%. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in concrete tanks while maturation lasts some 18 months in a combination of 600-litre barrels and 2 […]

October 24, 2016
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Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc 2014

Why would those behind Porcupine Ridge, the commercially successful Boekenhoutskloof entry-level range, feel compelled to add a Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay into the mix? I suspect that, in both instances, it’s about catching a wave before it breaks – there are signs that consumers are starting to tire of bottom-end Sauvignon Blanc and the […]

January 6, 2016
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Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
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Boekenhoutskloof tutored tasting

Having resolved to forsake wine dinners and other promotional activities some five years ago, Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof is back on the road again after the failure of any of his wines to rate 5 Stars in the 2016 edition of Platter’s. “I’m still sulking but I’ll get over it and we’ll be back,” he […]

November 26, 2015
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Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2005

In the quest for elegance and finesse, do South Africa’s new-wave reds sacrifice mid-palate and texture? That was at least one of the topics of conversation during a benchmark tasting (sighted) of 12 examples of Shiraz/Syrah from the 2005 vintage hosted by Hartenberg Estate in Stellenbosch yesterday. A wide variety of styles on show but […]

November 19, 2015
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How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed by acclaimed Swartland winemaker Eben Sadie before yesterday’s tasting of seven local whites 10 years or older convened by South African Sommelier Association. “We’re all inclined both to spend more on […]

October 16, 2015
by Christian
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