Patina Syrah 2019
93 points, “Patina is a classic expression of Syrah grown on schist soils, with racy, floral, baking spice aromas, fine, silky, aromatic strawberry and red cherry fruit, some texture from 50% whole bunches and no new oak. A Cape Côte-Rôtie. Plush, yet refined.” – Tim Atkin MW
Any new wine from the Boekenhoutskloof stable is exciting, especially since Gottfried Mocke was named by Tim Atkin MW as his winemaker of the year in 2021.
Patina comes from the new plantings on their Swartland property, Goldmine Farm, located between Riebeek-Kasteel and Malmesbury, and neighbouring Mullineux’s Roundstone Farm. This area is producing some of the finest fruit in all of South Africa. The smaller size also means that Boekenhoutskloof can get back to basics, micro-vinifying plots, stomping grapes by foot and playing with different fermentation techniques. In 2019 the vines finally came of age and we’re now starting to see a few experimental releases…
Nothing can tarnish the golden experience of this wine. Patina Syrah was made by spontaneously fermenting whole bunches in concrete vats, before being matured in European foudres (large oak casks) for 18 months. As Tim Atkin alluded, this is a dense and Rhône-like expression of Syrah, brimming with dark berry fruit, juicy black plums, brambles, cherry, wild strawberry, leather, charcoal, dark chocolate, star anise, tar, smoke bacon, pepper and a savoury note of green olive. Wonderfully aromatic and full of finesse, this is our new favourite Syrah. Boekenhoutskloof has struck gold.
£3.99 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3947446
Style No.: 921313
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