According to Porseleinberg viticulturalist and winemaker Callie Louw, the 2014 vintage was cooler and wetter (635mm of rain compared to an average of 450mm) than usual and the result is that the Syrah from this Swartland property is particularly statuesque.
Fermented and matured entirely in large-format foudre, the wine has aromatics of red and black fruit, olive, scrub and pepper. The palate is full with great depth of flavour, while the acidity lending verve without being overly sour and the tannins firm but not aggressive. Louw reckons it will “drink earlier” than previous vintages but I don’t think it’s too easy at all and it’s my favourite to date. Price: TBC.
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