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2009 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah CWG Reserve Swartland
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September 2011

Bright, dark red-ruby.  Complex, scented nose offers dark berries, smoke, flowers and spices, all lifted by a floral topnote; very syrah, but not in a gamey way.  Then juicy and quite pure if a bit youthfully musclebound, with a subtle intensity to the blueberry and pepper flavors.  Highly aromatic in the mouth but not a fleshy style.  In fact, this is downright folded in on itself today.  Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins.  Will this open with time in bottle and gain in flesh?  Carrying a very moderate 13.6% alcohol.  Winemaker:  Mark Kent.

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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