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Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010

Showstopper.

If you like your wine super-concentrated, then you’ll like Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010. It’s at the pinnacle of this DGB-owned cellar’s range and costs R225 a bottle so it’s meant to make a statement.

From a Stellenbosch vineyard, it was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. On the nose, there are red and black berries, some fynbos and just a hint of vanilla. The palate is full and plush – great fruit purity, moderate acidity and smooth but not slippery tannins. Some pepper on the finish. Luxuriously styled and difficult to criticise in any technical sense. It was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 and though I wish it moved me more, I can’t really disagree – score: 18/20.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi there!

    I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. A friend of mine is comming from Gana, but he’ll have a stop-over in Johannesburg. Do we find good South African wines in the airport? (I mean, REALLY good wines?) If so, do you have any suggestions? (prices ranging from 150 to 600 rands).
    Another question: Is it to expensive to buy wines in Tambo? (considering the average prices in Johannesburg).

    Thank you!
    Rubão

    • Hi Rubão, Passengers departing on international flights have access to a duty free store with quite a good range of wines at reasonable prices (as I recall). As for what to buy, I suggest your friend get hold of Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2013 which should also be on sale at the airport at R170 a copy.

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