The 2017 Boschkloof Syrah is somewhat closed on opening but with aeration there’s a light floral, perfumed note to the dark plum and red berry notes aromatically, with some pepper and spice along with a faint hint of gaminess chiming in as well. Medium to medium fuller bodied this shows good fruit concentration and fruit purity in the dark red spectrum, while still offering a sense of elegance, with noted fresh acidity giving vibrancy to the fruit, backed with finer tuned, firmer tannins, making this something you can enjoy young but will reward those with the patience to hold for several more years and enjoy up to 3 plus years after that. Ending with nice length, this will only get better with more bottle age.
92 pts winemag.co.za January 2020
The standard-release Syrah 2017 from Boschkloof in Stellenbosch has a lot to recommend it. It might not be quite as monumental or elaborate as the top-of-the-range Epilogue but then it doesn’t cost as much, either.
The wines are made in a similar fashion, both undergoing 20% whole-bunch fermentation, the standard label getting slightly less new oak – 15% compared to 20% on the Epilogue. The nose on the standard label is less brooding with notes of pelargonium, red and black fruit, pepper and spice while the palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins. All of a piece and quite charming to drink.
4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
More approachable young than Epilogue, lightly perfumed 17 (90 pts) had 20% whole bunches in fermentation. Firm, balanced, unobtrusive structure beneath the sweet fruit (there’s also a definite savoury element), with admirably restrained oak (15% new) in support