Boschkloof, ‘Kottabos Series’, Grenache / Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2020

£19.00

In their own words:

“Boschkloof was purchased in 1995 and named after the natural ravine or ‘kloof’ on the farm. The land consists of rolling hills and picturesque mountain backdrops. The soil consists mostly of decomposed granite and koffieklip. The original vineyards on the farm consisted mostly of Cape Riesling, but Jacques decided to remove it and plant better-suited cultivars like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Today Boschkloof is most renowned for their Syrah, especially the single vineyard bottling called Epilogue. It was the first red wine of South Africa to score 98 points by an internationally acclaimed critic.”

Located just outside the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch, Boschkloof Farm has been quietly making some of the finest wines in South Africa since 1996. Started by patriarch and extraordinary winemaker Jacques Borman, the winemaking has subsequently been handed off to the second generation and one of South Africa’s most promising young winemakers Reenen Borman. Father and Son winemakers Jacques and Reenen Borman run their family business together. Their small farm, Boschkloof is situated in rolling hills, near Stellenbosch. The mixed soil, with mainly Hutton top-soil and deeper layers of shale, gravel and clay, is perfectly suited for this boutique wine producer. Their philosophy is one of low yield vines that produce high quality fruit which they hand harvest and vinify with minimum intervention in Stainless steel and French Oak.

Kottabos is yet another brilliant project, so named as a tribute to the great history and fun in winemaking. “Kottabos” was a game played by the ancient Greeks in which wine lees was flung at targets while uttering the name of the object of one’s affection. This Grenache Syrah blend beautifully contrasts delicate purity of fruit and an elegant vibrant acidity with darker, savoury complexity. Expect red and black fruit, earth, a tapenade-like character, great freshness and grippy tannins on the finish.

As you no doubt know by now, we love South African wine and we especially love the scenery. And this winery doesn’t disappoint ( thought we still love Thelema more ha ha). Wonderful.

Nose:

Complex. Cherry, strawberry and dark fruits. Smoke, leather, clove, oak, caramel and with a lovely perfumed aroma of rose and garrigue (wild herbs).

Palate:

All of the above. Big, bold, rich but great structure with tannins, acidity and a great length. Super bang-for-buck.