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.