A doppelgänger for Porseleinberg 2012. That was my immediate impression on opening the Syrah 2012 Vin de Pays L’Ardeche made by Hervé Souhaut (R350 a bottle from Wine Cellar in Observatory).
Red and black fruit, purple flowers and a hint of white pepper on the nose. Light and fresh (abv 12%) with a good core of fruit and gentle acidity.
Of course, it’s not entirely the same as the Porseleinberg. For one thing, the tannins are finer and less stalky (no de-stemming before fermentation notwithstanding) and this makes the wine less severe than its South African counterpart. It could be argued that the Porseleinberg’s firmer structure makes it slightly more ageworthy, however.
Both wines are delicious but already quite accessible. To have greatness bestowed upon them, they would need quite a lot more detail and intricacy for me.