Porseleinberg, Syrah 750ml 2017

South Africa, Swartland
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The latest vintage of SA’s highest-rated Syrah* is spectacular. This game-changing Swartland Syrah is grown on a rugged, schistous outcrop called ‘Porcelain Mountain’ just south-east of Riebeek-Kasteel. This extreme terroir, combined with uncomplicated wine growing, produces a truly unique Cape Syrah that shows tremendous character and a remarkably Rhône-like structure.

‘Porseleinberg is one of the greatest Syrah sites in the southern hemisphere. The vines are still young, but this brutal vineyard produces wines of incredible intensity and focus.’ – Tim Atkin MW

Callie Louw’s early vintages had immense tannins and even the maiden-release 2010 is far from maturity. While his farming and winemaking have hardly changed, the 2017 Porseleinberg shows slightly sweeter fruit and silkier tannins. The addition of young vines, and perhaps a softer approach, means that the 2017 is the most opulent and beguiling vintage yet. The palate abounds with olive tapenade, cured meats, blood orange, black pepper and juicy blackberries. It is full-bodied and packed with ripe, textured grape tannins while the finish is long and decadent. The 2017 continues Porseleinberg’s rise in the world of great Syrah. It will be fascinating to see it age over the next 2 decades.

* Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasting notes:
'Has any brand in South Africa achieved quite so much as Porseleinberg in less than a decade? This is the best vintage yet from this steep, brutal, extreme schist-rich site and that's saying a good deal. Big, bold and intense, with incredible, almost feral intensity, incense, tar and black pepper aromas and layers of inky dark fruit. A stunning wine from a stunning site, made by a gem of a winemaker. 2022-35.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 98/100

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Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating TA 98
Drink To Long-term cellar
Price R600.00
Producer Porseleinberg
Region Swartland
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
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