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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Porcupine Ridge 2008

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87 points Wine Spectator: Fresh, with an iron note running through the black tea, braised fig and dark cherry fruit notes. There's a nice plush edge to the open-knit finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported. (12/15/09)

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Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate:
The farm of Boekenhoutskloof wasoriginally granted to Huguenot settlers in1776. For two hundred years it remained in the same family. Over the two centuries they engaged in agricultural activities as diverse as tobacco, fruit, cattle and ultimately wine production. The original owners ceased wine production in the 1940s. The existing partnership re-opened the winery for production in 1996. L... Read more
The farm of Boekenhoutskloof wasoriginally granted to Huguenot settlers in1776. For two hundred years it remained in the same family. Over the two centuries they engaged in agricultural activities as diverse as tobacco, fruit, cattle and ultimately wine production. The original owners ceased wine production in the 1940s. The existing partnership re-opened the winery for production in 1996. Lead by Cellarmaster Marc Kent (South African Winemaker of the Year, 2007), the Winery is now regarded as one of SA’s top producers. Boekenhoutskloof is a Syrah specialist, with its premium range selling out on release each vintage. The Chocolate Block, a Syrah based blend, is probably the most successful new offering to come out of SA in the modern era. Boekenhoutskloof is acknowledged by Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide and The 2009 Wine Report as South Africa’s # 1 producer. Read less

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Snooth User: Poldark Maximus
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3.00 5
04/14/2010

Samplings from two cases (same merchant, random selection from 150 cases) left this taster tongue-tied (literally). First sip from a freshly unscrewed capsule was a vegetal nose with barnyard on the tip of the tongue. One would normally associate such tastes with unclean fermentation tanks, possibly even trace fecal matter in the pressings. But then that all seemed to subside two hours into the open bottle with a most intriguing layering of typical syrah fruits without being overly fat and a balance that seemed impossible just a few hours earlier. The wine would rate anywhere from a harsh 7/10 to 8.8/10 depending on your ability to work both mind and taste buds past the foxy greeting.

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  • Snooth User: Cocacola13
    45057757
    3.00 5
    04/13/2010

    Three glasses



    87 points Wine Spectator: Fresh, with an iron note running through the black tea, braised fig and dark cherry fruit notes. There's a nice plush edge to the open-knit finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported. (12/15/09)

    Dietary Information: Organic


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