The latest vintage of SA’s highest-rated Syrah* is spectacular. This game-changing Swartland Syrah is grown on a rugged, schistous outcrop called ‘Porcelain Mountain’ just south-east of Riebeek-Kasteel. This extreme terroir, combined with uncomplicated wine growing, produces a truly unique Cape Syrah that shows tremendous character and a remarkably Rhône-like structure.
‘Porseleinberg is one of the greatest Syrah sites in the southern hemisphere. The vines are still young, but this brutal vineyard produces wines of incredible intensity and focus.’ – Tim Atkin MW
Callie Louw’s early vintages had immense tannins and even the maiden-release 2010 is far from maturity. While his farming and winemaking have hardly changed, the 2017 Porseleinberg shows slightly sweeter fruit and silkier tannins. The addition of young vines, and perhaps a softer approach, means that the 2017 is the most opulent and beguiling vintage yet. The palate abounds with olive tapenade, cured meats, blood orange, black pepper and juicy blackberries. It is full-bodied and packed with ripe, textured grape tannins while the finish is long and decadent. The 2017 continues Porseleinberg’s rise in the world of great Syrah. It will be fascinating to see it age over the next 2 decades.
* Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate