2009 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Franschhoek South Africa (Elsewhere $54)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Like the Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Syrah is raised in French oak for 27 months, but second rather than first fill. It has a very precise bouquet that demands coaxing. It eventually reveals blackberry, raspberry coulis, Provencal herbs and a scent of ink. The palate is medium-bodied with beautifully integrated oak. This is quite a lascivious Syrah but it is not overbearing and it offers a sensual honeyed texture that is irresistible. This is an outstanding Syrah. Drink now-2020+
Rock-solid, with a nice winey core of steeped black currant, sweet tapenade and singed tobacco leaf backed by a mouthwatering iron edge on the finish. Really fleshes out with air, letting the dark fruit and tobacco notes blossom together. Best from 2013 through 2020. 200 cases imported.
Dark crimson. Racy, lovely sweet and taffeta-like. Côte Rôtie flavours with muscle and polish. Very well done! 17.5/20 points.
From the winery: "This Syrah has unmistakeable white pepper on the nose, with arguably the most intense floral and mineral notes in the history of this wine. Also hints of cloves and worked leather. The concentrated spicy fruit, especially the black berries and cherries on the nose carries through onto the palate with remarkable freshness, complexity and purity. Textured, composed and seamless in style."