We have a few bottles left of one of the best Syrah's we have tasted outside the Northern Rhone. 2018 is one of the most incredible renditions of this wine, receiving a huge score from one of the top experts on Southern Hemisphere wines, Tim Atkin. Truly a special wine and close to as good as Syrah can get. Still, this is not a bottle to miss at our same low price for fans of classically made Syrah.
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One of the gems of South Africa, the Syrah here is something to behold, and Porseleinberg is one of the best examples on the entire cape. A project initially created by South African wine pioneer Marc Kent when he was looking to source some Rhone varietals for two of his wine labels. He came across Swartland, which is on the western cape of South Africa, and seeing the potential in this terroir, purchased a 173-acre estate on top of Porseleinberg Mountain. Wasting no time, the farm was replanted to Syrah with a bit of Grenache, and Callie Louw, who was practicing organic viticulture at another South African winery, was appointed winemaker. Callie has a more traditional approach to winemaking similar to what we see in the Northern Rhone, focusing on extensive vineyard work, implementing organic and biodynamic principles while having a more hands-off approach in the cellar with an old school 100% whole cluster fermentation. We tasted this a few days ago, and it was beyond anything we expected and on par with a great Hermitage. The 2018 Porseleinberg is very elegant, showing cool-climate fruit with incredible underlying energy and near-perfect balance. It is about as good as Syrah gets, regardless of region.
Tim Atkin 100 points! "In the right hands, great sites produce great wines. Since its inception in 2010, Porseleinberg has been one of the Cape's most exciting reds, but nothing quite prepared me for the transcendent brilliance of this wine. In uenced by some time spent at Domaine Jamet in Côte Rôtie - particularly their use of a submerged cap during fermentation - Callie Louw has made a stunning Syrah, proving his skills as both a farmer and a winemaker. In 2018, the style has shifted, away from power and grip to something more scented and re ned. Focused, nuanced and very delicately oaked, with raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, clove and white pepper spice and textured tannins. Simply world class. 2023-35"