Made from Shiraz (41%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Petit Verdot (11%) and Malbec (3%) grapes, each variety was selected for the separate yet complementary qualities it brings to the blend. The grapes are sourced from highly expressive vineyards, mostly from Stellenbosch. The grape sourcing regions are all high-lying, cool climate sites. These trellised vineyards’ altitude, aspect and close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean
Boschendal Nicolas 2017
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Nicolas is a blend brimming with character, each component outstanding in its own right which together creates something exceptional. Shiraz, a signature variety for Boschendal, adds intrigue and depth with intriguing spicy notes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot give classical structure, Malbec a beautiful deep colour and vibrant
red fruit, while the Merlot enhances the fruit profile.
It is a wine with an excellent concentration of fruit, with prominent mulberry and plum flavours, as well as ripe black fruit such as blueberry and blackcurrant integrated with oak spice tobacco and cedar oak giving you a cigar box finish. The tannins are well integrated, fresh and chalky, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel and persistent spicy finish. The 2017 vintage is already regaled as one of South Africa’s best, right on the heels of the widely successful 2015 vintage. Following some light rain in late 2016, conditions were warm and dry through mid-February 2017, and cooled through mid-March, with no extended heat spikes, producing the right conditions for even ripening and resulting in perfect balance and tannins. While drinking excellently now, the Nicolas will develop further complexity with cellaring for up to 10 years. For a perfect culinary match, it is best enjoyed with sumptuous meat dishes like roast lamb and rosemary, or an oxtail stew.