Porseleinberg Syrah 2016
Porseleinberg is one of the greatest Syrahs in the world. Without even trying, it’s just so effortlessly cool. This cult red is owned by the legendary Boekenhoutskloof, of Chocolate Block fame, but the real hero is Callie Louw – the baseball cap-wearing, bearded wild man who looks after the 2.5 hectare vineyard and makes the wines. Described by an eminent South African wine writer as “the Che Guevara of the Swartland”, Callie and his colleague Rosa Kruger have started a revolution hidden away in the mountains. It’s a struggle just to stand up in this extremely rugged and vertiginous region, let alone grow vines and make wine. It’s a real fight up there. But others are starting to follow suit because the wine that Callie and Rosa make is phenomenal and so honestly Swartland.
Callie hates small oak barrels and how they mask the flavour of the grapes and terroir he’s fought so hard to cultivate. So Porseleinberg is made in large, neutral oak vats and concrete eggs. Often compared to the likes of Cornas and Hermitage, Porseleinberg is big, brawny and throbs with black olive tapenade, hedgerow blackberries, balsamic, wildflowers, dried herbs, black pepper, moist rolling tobacco and something damp, rocky and uncompromising like the gorse-studded Scottish Highlands. One of those wines everyone should try before they die. Dark and wild as a night on a mountainside.£9.07 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2907176
Style No.: 719927
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