Porseleinberg, Syrah 750ml 2016South Africa, Swartland
'Sophisticated & cerebral syrah from a special Swartland site. 16's piercing spice perfumes, toned fruit & same fine musculature as 15 promise a decade + of sheer drinking pleasure. Hands-off, whole-bunch natural vinification; year large old oak, 30% concrete 'egg'.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*
'If ever a South African wine tasted of specific place it is Porseleinberg, the Cape’s answer to Cornas in terms of its dense, compact structure, but with a personality that is all its own: wild, savoury and unruly with tannins that can be demanding in their youth. Fermented with 100% whole bunches and aged in a combination of concrete eggs and foudres, it’s ripe, but not overly so, with notes of garrigue and tangerine and a stony, compact finish. 2022-35.' – Tim Atkin, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100
'It is deep purple towards black in colour and medium to full-bodied. The nose shows beautiful florals, black pepper, roast meat and wet earth. It really reminds one of the masculine and traditional wines of Cornas, rather than those of Côte-Rôtie or Hermitage. The palate is elegantly built, yet broad-shouldered and powerfully deep. Exotic and concentrated, the red and black berries dance on the palate and follow through to dried herbs and a mineral core. The tannins are loaded with dark fruit and carry remarkable complexity and length. The more succulent 2016 will drink well before the tannic 2015 and will age well for 2 decades. It is a must-have Swartland Syrah.' – Roland Peens
|Drink To||Drink or cellar|
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
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