Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World.
The 2015 (from R45 a bottle) shows red and black fruit, lavender and white pepper on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish possessing a certain olive brine quality. Not overly demanding but you could do a lot worse at the price.
Editor’s rating: 88/100.
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