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FINE WINE - The Wine Society

FINE WINE - The Wine Society

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BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF ‘CONSISTENTLY EXCEPTIONAL’ We first bought Boekenhoutskloof wines in the 2000 vintage, missed the 2001s (a decision we subsequently regretted following a wonderful vertical tasting in 2010), and have bought ever since, albeit in sadly declining allocation volumes, due to the wines’ now almost cult status. 1996 was their first vintage release; 1997 launched their spectacular rise to stardom, with a groundbreaking Syrah. Here we offer the 2009 vintage varietal wines for the first time, alongside the Rhône- and southern France-inspired blend, The Chocolate Block, plus some mature wines released for us this year direct from the property. Cellarmaster Marc Kent remains at the helm of ‘...this consistently exceptional Franschhoek team’ (Platter’s) and his position on the company board is represented by the seventh chair on the beautiful and iconic Boekenhoutskloof labels. REDS J-SA7121 The Chocolate Block, Western Cape, 2009 (Boekenhoutskloof) £17 bottle £204 dozen This highly successful blend is predominantly syrah, plus grenache, cabernet and touches of cinsaut and viognier. Southern Rhône in style but with the sweetness of ripe Swartland fruit. Now to 2015. 14.5% The 2010 follows. J-SA5291 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 £29 bottle £348 dozen This is a well structured, elegant, rich and cedary cabernet which was bottled without filtration so decanting is recommended. Now to 2015. 14.5% Low stock. J-SA3911 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2003 £29 bottle £348 dozen “With the beautiful balance of the 2003 vintage” according to Marc Kent. 100% syrah traditionally fermented in large open top wooden vats, with hallmark velvety texture, fragrance and spice. Bottled without filtration so a natural sediment may occur. Enjoy over the next two or three years. 14.5% Low stock. WHITES Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2009 Since 1998, the syrah is sourced from a single vineyard in Wellington. Ample and fragrant. Now to 2019. 14% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12571. Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek, 2009 Every year this is one of the Cape’s finest examples of cabernet in the style of Bordeaux. Elegant, balanced, fresh, and classically structured. Now to 2019. 14% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12571. J-SA7521 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschhoek, 2009 £17 bottle £204 dozen Elegant, barrel-fermented and matured semillon from Boekenhoutskloof’s own mature Franschhoek vineyard, producing a classically styled wine with old world finesse. Now to 2015. 13% J-SA7612 Half bottle of Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest, Franschhoek, 2006 £18 half bottle Botrytis (noble rot) was “prolific” according to winemaker Marc Kent and the wine is very much in the style of modern top notch Bordeaux. Delicious exotic citrus fruit and a creamy texture with uplifting acidity on the palate. Now to 2014. 12.5% Low stock. J-SA4451 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschhoek, 2004 £19 bottle £228 dozen This is fully mature, with more lanolin and hazelnutty flavours. Drink over the next couple of years. 13.5% Low stock. Boekenhoutskloof 2009 Reds. Now to 2015 ref J-MX12571 at £138 A six-bottle case containing two bottles of each of the following: The Chocolate Block, Western Cape, 2009 (Boekenhoutskloof) Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2009 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, Franshhoek, 2009 4 To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222 smartphone app

LUIS PATO BAIRRADA IN ALL BUT NAME Pato means ‘duck’ in Portuguese, and, appropriately, ducks adorn the labels of this irreverent producer of some of Portugal’s most individual and sought-after wines. These are Bairrada in all but name, Luis Pato having fought the local establishment’s rules for greater winemaking freedom, only to return to Bairrada’s roots with pure baga wines of excellent poise and potential. Here we feature two single-vineyard wines from the outstanding 2005 vintage, which Luis himself believes to be at least a match for the wonderful 2001. Produced since 1995 (still very much alive and kicking when tasted in the autumn of 2011), these are two elegant expressions of the baga grape. With maturity, Barrosa typically has more in common with Burgundy, while Pan is tantalisingly nebbiolo-like. To have either in a larger format (the Jeroboams are signed by the man himself) – shipped direct from Luis Pato’s own cellar – would be a treat worth waiting for. J-PW1661 Vinha Barrosa, Vinha Velha, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £30 bottle £360 dozen Vinha Barrosa is the best known of Luis Pato’s single-vineyard wines, and highly sought-after in Portugal. Made 100% from Bairrada’s traditional grape, baga, from a combination of 80-year-old vines grown with a high proportion of clay (barro) and some younger vines. Enormous potential. Gorgeous sweet blackberry and fruit cake nose with a hint of silkiness on the palate. Now to 2020. 13% J-PW3203 Jeroboam of Vinha Barrosa, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £135 per Jeroboam J-PW3151 Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £30 bottle £360 dozen Vinha Pan is a vineyard which came to Luis Pato via his wife’s family. Currently showing more maturity than the Barrosa, this is a fascinating combination of Burgundian elegance and north Italian fragrance and structure, but without baga’s typically agressive tannin. Now to 2025. 13% J-PW3154 Magnum of Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £65 per magnum £390 per six J-PW3153 Jeroboam of Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £135 per Jeroboam For advice thewinesociety.com/advice or ☎ 01438 741177 5

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