Expect perfume, finesse, beautiful juice, nuances of white pepper that you don't usually find on Syrahs from here, and a tease of bacon fat. This wine has got 'it'. The palate is divine - pillow soft, packed with flavour and sprinkled with fine spices - nutmeg, clove, a kiss of tar and white pepper and molasses. So silken and well-balanced. Soft tannins, yet enough grip, and lovely balance of fruit feel that glides effortlessly on the palate.
Our colleague Damon managed to jump on the first flight to Cape Town, along with a leading sommelier, as soon as restrictions were lifted (all too temporarily) back in November for our annual tour of the vineyards. This was their wine of the trip. Made by Gottfried Mocke, winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof since 2016, named by Tim Atkin MW as his winemaker of the year in 2021. This is made exclusively from plantings on their Swartland property Goldmine, that borders the Mullineux's Roundstone property just outside Riebeek Kasteel. Gottfried explained that the fruit from here is amazing, and finally in the 2019 vintage, the vines have come of age and the wine that he started making experimental quantities of a few years ago has shifted up a couple of gears. They can footstomp and micro-vinify in separate foudres, and do everything you'd do in a small domaine.