If you're a Syrah fan, you need a bottle of this in your collection. Previous vintages have been compared by Tim Atkin MW to 'Cape Cornas', but we see the 2019 as more Cape Cote Rotie, being the prettiest and purest expression to date. Produced with 100% whole bunches this year, and aged in solely old oak and concrete, it's all peonies, berries and eton mess on the nose, with soft, supple leather, and a tiny hint of bracken and cinnamon. The palate is dark and brooding, emblematic of those schist soils, with sloes, pepper and fresh roasted coffee bean, and polished long finish.
There are few more sought-after South African wines synonymous with serious quality than the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof owned Swartland property, Porseleinberg. Producing just one wine from the inhospitable, rugged, windblown vineyards planted on harsh blue schist soils at the top of the mountain, farmer winemaker Callie intends to make a wine with sense of place and time. As he says - this place is hardcore - with almost no top soil, and perilously sharp rocks protruding from the steep slopes. One of the most distinctive things about the Porseleinberg Syrah is its unusual label, which is created by hand on an Original Heidelberg press, the smallest motorised printer ever produced by this iconic company.