Porseleinberg Syrah 2018

By , 16 February 2021

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There can be little quibble that the Syrah from Swartland property Porseleinberg is emerging as on South Africa’s finest examples.

Part of winemaker Callie Louw’s ongoing quest for greatness seems to be to rein in the power and loosen the tannic grip that marked the early vintages and the current-release 2018 has a particular elegance about it.

The nose shows red and black berries, dried herbs, a hint of olive, some floral perfume as well as tiny hint of reduction. The palate, meanwhile, has good fruit definition, lovely bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish long and dry. If earlier renditions of this wine provided a thrilling sense of excitement, here you have to admire how stylish and sophisticated it is.

CE’s rating: 97/100.

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  • Gareth16 February 2021

    Hi Christian,

    With this change in style:
    1. Would you suggest earlier drinking?
    2. Does this suggest less ageing potential / longevity?

    • Christian Eedes17 February 2021

      Hi Gareth, Whatever else one might say about the 2018, it is impeccably well balanced and I reckon it should have just as much ageing potential as previous vintages, if not more. I think it should drink very well between 2024 to 2026 after which it will become a matter of your individual acceptance of developed character.

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