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Discovery of a classic

Jacques Borman is making wines of world renown in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch.

His 2015 Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah was recently given 98 points by Tim Atkin. That was South Africa’s top scoring wine ever by an international judge.

Travel Designer’s Canadian guests Katherine Ballentine and Eddie Macken had a bottle opened for them by Jacques during their recent trip to the Cape.

Jacques spent his formative years in the La Motte cellar in Franschhoek and had some luck when he was also made Production Manager at Rupert and Rothschild, also a Rupert property.

The R&R consultant at the time was the famed Michel Rolland. Michel put Jacques through a re-education programme in France and South Africa that changed his views on where great wines are made.

Jacques carried this experience to the piece of land his family had bought in the new golden bowl of Polkadraai.  He replanted the entire small farm and took his primary attention from the cellar to the vineyard. He focussed on the vines, their canopies, their varying crop sizes and the need for multiple harvests even in a single row.  The results bring trophies and lot of pleasure.

Kathy has the Epilogue 2015 in her right hand. Eddie has already finished his glass. The Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah certificate for 98 points can be seen over Jacques’s right shoulder

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