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Porseleinberg Syrah 2021

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Tasting Notes

'One of the world's great reds from a very special site' 99 points - Tim Atkin MW. Sweet earthy, yet reserved aromas flood the senses, crunchy blackberries and sloes intermingle with more blue fruits like blueberries and black raspberries. A touch of black pepper, wild rosemary and thyme, and dried redcurrants. The fruits that leap at you are just so lusciously ripe. A delicate smudge of rose petals, you can almost sense what the years will give this wine, growing its intensity and poise. The right amount of pull and concentration this masterpiece has on the palate will allow you to look past its youthful ways and look forward to opening this wine in years to come with utter excitement.

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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. Since the 2018 vintage, he has adopted one of the key winemaking techniques he took from his time working at Domaine Jamet - of submerging the cap (the solid mass of grape skin, stems and seeds that naturally float to the top during the fermentation,) a traditional method widely used in Europe in the 19th century, and by California's Ridge Vineyards since the '50s. It's this that has perhaps altered the style of Porseleinberg from the early vintages with their hard-as-nail tannins that took 10 years to come around, to the hauntingly beautiful perfumed style of today.



“99 points. Given its consistently outstanding quality, it’s easy to forget that the average age of Porseleinberg's 14 hectares of vineyards is only seven years' old. Showing what Callie Louw calls a "little more crunch" in 2021, this is a Syrah with time on its side. Wild herb aromas of sage, oregano and rosemary introduce you to a palate that's dense yet refined, with lots of whole bunch spice and structure, negligible oak influence, detailed, layered tannins, some underlying grip and layers of dark berry fruit. One of the world's great reds from a very special site. Drink 2025-32”
Tim Atkin MW

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