2020 Boekenhoutskloof, Syrah

Franschhoek Valley,South Africa,

£48.49

Bottle size: 75cl,
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“Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. Our Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century.

Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century,

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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION Our Syrah grapes were hand-harvested into lug boxes and transported to Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek
for vinification. Grapes were cooled in our cold room, then transferred to our tulip-shaped concrete tanks for
fermentation. A combination of partially destemmed and whole-bunch (60%) clusters fermented
spontaneously with minimal sulphur additions and no acidification. A soft délestage was performed 2-3
times per day. Once maceration is complete, the skins are basket pressed and gravity-fed into traditional
2 500L Austrian oak foudres and 600L demi-muids for further ageing of up to 18 months. VINEYARD INFORMATION Grapes for our Boekenhoutskloof Syrah are picked from selected parcels of the finest Syrah, grown at our
Swartland farms, namely Porseleinberg (88%) and Goldmine (12%), close to the small town of
Riebeek-Kasteel. The Porseleinberg vineyards are planted on an extremely hard and rocky bedrock of
decomposed Mica-Schist – a unique terroir within the appellation. The vineyards on Goldmine sit on the
south-western slopes of the Kasteelberg and comprise of Brown Schist with deposits of Table Mountain
Sandstone, which is weathered and washed from the adjacent mountain. The delicate combination of these
two properties allow for this expression of both concentrated and structured wines, made from this Rhône
grape.
The winter preceding the 2020 Swartland Syrah vintage offered suitable cold units during dormancy,
ensuring a good start to the vineyard cycle. As late spring / early summer approached, the vines produced
good fruit set, with even berry sizes. A moderately dry growing season followed, delivering average yields.
We experienced moderate alcohol levels and lower pH levels, accompanied with bright fruit. Fortunately,
2020 Syrah won’t be remembered for extreme heat spikes which have become somewhat customary in recent
years. These tend to put the Swartland harvests under pressure. The contrary provided a supremely elegant
vintage for such a warm appellation.

Additional information

Wine Type

Red

Country

South Africa

Region

Franschhoek Valley

Vintage

2020

Brand

Boekenhoutskloof

Cultivar

Syrah

Appellation

Franschhoek Valley

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

14.00

Duty Status

Duty Paid

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 96

The 2011 Syrah was the first wine that included some of the fabled Porseleinberg fruit. The 2020 consists of 90% Porseleinberg Syrah and 10% Goldmine Syrah, from the farm next door to the Mullineux s Roundstone farm on the Kasteelberg. Deliciously youthful and grapey with notes of violets, lavender, sweet grilled herbs, charcoal embers and a leafy sapidity. The palate is super light on its feet with impressive purity, a black cherry elegance and pithy graphite hints, finishing with a weightless concentration and a soft blueberry finish. Very classy indeed. Drink now to 2038+. [Greg Sherwood MW, 18/01/2024]

Producer Profile

INTRODUCTION

Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. Our Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs; amongst them the country-style split splat chair made in the neo-classical style with a shouldered top rail and thonged seat from the late 18th century.

Then there’s the Sandveld chair that has two back rails and a thonged seat which made its appearance in the second quarter of the 19th century. The transitional Tulbagh chair was made in the late 18th century, it has a plain back and a shaped top rail with half-round opening.

The chairs on our wine label all pay tribute to the skills of the 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.