Vinous 87 points - (a 70/30 blend of Shiraz and Mourvedge, aged in older oak for 14 months): Healthy dark red with ruby tones. Black cherry, licorice and mint on the nose and palate, with hints of wild herbs and chocolate. Juicy, slightly salty and smooth; a rather easygoing wine with ripe tannins. Boschendal’s red winemaker Bertho van der Westhuizen noted that 2012 was a slow-ripening season that enabled him to get ripe tannins without overextraction.
Wine Spectator 87 points - Shows a fleshy edge, with plum, blackberry coulis and anise notes all lined with a well-embedded cocoa thread. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.-JM
(Jun 15 2014)