Franschhoek,Western Cape,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 96


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

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.

This wine is currently available for pre-order only, orders will be processed for delivery w/c 8th May.

In The Cellar
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.

In The Vineyard
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.
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+. 96/100 Greg Sherwood MW