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One of South Africa's greatest Syrahs and the 2017 vintage has certainly upheld this stature.
This Red Wine is a complex structure with strong tannins that will soften with some years of ageing.
Black pepper and roasted meat on the nose complimented by a broad and deep palate.
Tim Atkin MW - 98 points!
Only 6 left in stock!
|When to Drink||Now until 2038|
|Pairing||Game, Red Meats and Barbeques|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
In the Swartland, just a few miles south-east of Riebeek-Kasteel and perched on a rugged outcrop lies Porseleinberg (Porcelain Mountain). The farm is a stark contrast to the delicacy and fragility to which its name suggests. This extreme terroir of brutal Schist soil that, Callie Louw admits, is the toughest land he’s ever farmed. Organic and biodynamically farmed fruit. Uncomplicated wine growing is followed-up by minimal winemaking: 100% whole-bunch and fermented in concrete, the wine undergoes élevage in a combination of Concrete Eggs and Foudre. The resulting single vineyard wine is generally regarded as one of Swartland's finest. The lively, expressive fruit is both rich and fresh, with an immaculate clarity.
The resulting wine is a Syrah of incredible intensity and focus, more akin to Cornas or Hermitage. On aesthetics, the most extravagant pastime at Porseleinberg is label printing. Callie carefully prints each label on his restored 1940’s Heidelberg Press.
"The 2017 Syrah begins opaque in the glass. The nose is dense enough to cut with a knife, showing a rigid minerality and black-fruited core with a dusty minerality and dark purple floral tone that seems to be brooding. On the palate, the tannic nature attacks the palate and gum line with enough astringency to make a Barolo blush and was achieved by winemaking decisions. The palate has a density and mineral rusticity that seems too loud currently but will be very expressive and generous after a decade or more of aging. The finish is long and grippy, expressing black fruits with a rigid mineral backbone. If you're going to enjoy this wine while it's still young, you're going to need some food to pair with and settle its tannic nature. Only 1500 cases were made. Drink 2020 - 2038.
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