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Syrah 2017

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Alwyn van der Merwe

Director of Investments

Wine producers are often associated with a particular cultivar or wine style. In the case of Jacques Borman, owner of Boschkloof Wines just outside Stellenbosch, it’s his shiraz (or syrah, as it’s called in parts of France) that’s most renowned. I recently sampled the Boschkloof Syrah 2017 – a splendid wine.

When one thinks of world-class cabernet sauvignon, the name Etienne le Riche of Le Riche Wines in the Stellenbosch region springs to mind. Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley is known in the industry – and beyond – as The Pinot Pioneer. When it’s sauvignon blanc wine lovers are talking about, another Stellenbosch winery, Thelema, is likely to come up in the conversation.

Jacques Borman’s lengthy love affair with shiraz has produced a large number of great wines over the years. In fact, the Boschkloof Epilogue 2017, a single-vineyard bottling, won the accolade of best overall red wine of the year in 2019 in the Tim Atkin South Africa Report.

Wine of the month: Boschkloof Syrah 2017

The Boschkloof Syrah 2017 is the Epilogue’s younger sibling – the two wines are made in a similar fashion. Both undergo 20% whole-bunch fermentation, the standard label getting slightly less new oak – 15% compared to 20% for the Epilogue. The nose on the Syrah 2017 displays notes of pelargonium, red and black fruit, pepper and spice. The palate is elegant, clean and pure, and medium-bodied with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins.

The freshness of the wine contributes to a lingering aftertaste. This syrah is a good example of elegance that also has staying power. Wine lovers who have the discipline to postpone immediate satisfaction will be richly awarded when drinking this fine wine five years from now.


Sanlam Private Wealth clients can purchase the Boschkloof Syrah 2017 for a special price of R175 per bottle (cellar price R195).

The offer is open exclusively to Sanlam Private Wealth clients. All wine offers expire after 30 days. Subject to availability.

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