Sometimes you just need to open a wine to figure out whether you should invest in a case.
Also, when a winemaker recommends this from Vino Pronto’s shelves, curiosity is bound to get the best of you.
The nose alone was enough to make me sigh and groan and wriggle my toes...and then tilt my head, smile, and groan again. Let’s assess, shall we...
A deep ruby colour that’s slightly paler on the rim. Raspberry, red cherry, blackberry, blueberry, prune, dried figs, green pepper, white pepper spice (big time!), mint dark chocolate, cloves and tobacco smoke. There’s also something floral about the nose - is that you, violet? And when you mix all those sweet and savouries together - teriyaki and honey coated roasted pork comes to mind...or lamb! Shall we continue
Dry, medium+ acidity (I feel like my acid calls are a little higher these days), velvety smooth (I really do mean it this time) tannins, full bodied with intoxicating savoury notes of black olive, herbs, smoked ham that’s prefaced with those red and black fruits. I’m a very happy girl!
Boschkloof was purchased in 1995 and renamed after a ridge/kloof on their property. Interestingly, the Cape Riesling that was originally planted on the existing farm was replanted with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. There’s also Cab Franc and Merlot.
A father and son winemaking duo, I’m a huge fan of both their wines...and have totes fangirled over Reenen's Sons of Sugarland wine. The father was, unsurprisingly, the winemaker at La Motte for an extensive period of time. Impressively and historically, the Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah was the first red wine to earn 98 points from Tim Atkins, an international wine critic.
Yup, I’ll be grabbing a few more of these to cellar. And begging for more wine recommendations from previously mentioned winemaker.