In a nutshell:
A trailblazing South African red blend and a reliable favourite.
With its alluring name this is a wine with which the makers, Boekenhoutskloof, have achieved near iconic status. It's an intricate blend of five grape varieties which vary in proportion from one vintage to the next, but always led by Syrah which comprises nearly 70% in the 2018. The other grapes being Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. The wine itself shows a beautiful richness of mocha, chocolate and blackberries along with a fresh spiced black pepper. It's full bodied, but with fine tannins that give a silky mouthfeel on its way to the rich and lingering finish.
When to drink:
Smooth and luxurious it's perfectly ready for you to pull the cork straight away. If you want to keep it for a year or two it'll still be wonderful.