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.
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“The 2019 Porseleinberg has a brilliant nose, as I would expect, presenting an exquisitely defined mixture of red and black fruit with hints of honey and orange blossom, pressed iris petals and incense. The medium-bodied, harmonious palate offers fine-grained tannins and a judicious touch of white pepper and clove. Very Rhône-like in style, it reminds me of a Jamet Côte-Rôtie tasted the previous month. Absolute class from Callie Lowe, and better than the 2018 in my opinion. 2025 - 2050, 96 points.”Neal Martin, Vinous
“This remarkable site has established itself as one of the world's great Syrah vineyards in less than a decade. Sourced from four blocks totally 4.5 hectares, Callie Louw's stunning red is just short of perfection this year, but is still brilliant, confirming the evolution in style of the Jamet-inspired 2018. Leafy, spicy, rose petal aromas are supported by pure red berry fruit, detailed tannins and the faintest hint of oak. 2022-32. 99 points ”Tim Atkin MW