Kottabos Grenache-Syrah, Boschkloof

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Kottabos Grenache-Syrah, Boschkloof

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Beautiful perfumed fruit and candyfloss aromatics. Fresh but with a firm tannin structure. Elegantly poised.

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Vineyard: Kottabos is a range where all the grapes are sourced from the Polkadraai slopes in Stellenbosch. The area is full of granite and ferricrete soils and is situated close to the ocean of False Bay. Both Grenache and Syrah grapes are grown on decomposed granite soil. The soil is not over fertile which ensures smaller berries with better flavours.

Vinification: The Grenache was wholebunch fermented and pressed into old french oak barrels for 10 months before being blended with the Syrah. The Syrah was kept unoaked for 10 months to preserve freshness.


  • (2018 vintage) I have not come across the wines from Kottabos before and, at a massive tasting with hundreds of wines on the go, it was the striking labels which drew me to them. Was this red and its white sibling, 2018 Kottabos Chenin Blanc (£22.50), yet another suite of wines which favour design over substance? Not a bit of it. In a way, they are mirror images of each other. The red is earthy, savoury, balanced and crunchy. It is not a typical Cape red in that it is leaner, more fragrant and kindlier on the palate. It is a baby but it is already drinking well. Shaped like a Beaujolais or a Loire Cabernet Franc, this is the sort of wine that you can glug down with sophisticated street food – farmers’ market kebabs, wraps, tacos, burgers, hotdogs and the like. The white wine does exactly the same job and this time it is the lack of fat, oily fruit which makes it so alluring. South African Chenin Blanc can often seem exotically-charged and rather hefty on the palate, which puts the brakes on your enjoyment. Kottabos is restrained, floral, edgy and it has a degree of traction on the palate. It would slice through cheesy dishes, spice and also heat. It is the perfect partner wine to the wonderful red. Modern, relevant, cutting-edge and also delicious – all boxes ticked.

    • Moneyweek, 18th April 2019
    • Matthew Jukes
  • (2017 vintage) 92/100 - The 2017 Kottabos Grenache Syrah is a blend of 78% and 22%, respectively, grown on decomposed granite soils with a touch of Koffieklip. The clean, precise, understated bouquet lets the terroir filter through the red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced, with fine tannin and well-judged acidity, and quite sappy in the mouth, offering raspberry preserve, crushed strawberry, white pepper and light garrigue notes toward the finish. This is a sophisticated Rhône blend that will age with style.

    • Vinous.com, August 2018
    • Neal Martin
  • (2016 vintage) 17/20 - Another delightful wine from this producer and this retailer. Very charming red cherry fruit (though Mr Google suggests that the area is more famous for its strawberries) and a light hand on the winemaking tiller. Interestingly light, dry and stony - as though a few shards had been macerated. Transparent in several senses. Very appetising. 87% Grenache, 13% Syrah. Debut release of yet another project of Reenen Borman, son of Boschkloof, designed to showcase the special qualities of the Polkadraai subregion in Stellenbosch. Kottabos refers to an ancient Greek drinking game, we are told. Only 1,760 bottles filled.

    • JancisRobinson.com, October 2017
    • Jancis Robinson

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