Porseleinberg Syrah 2019
By Christian Eedes, 22 November 2021
Due to the complex interplay of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, some wines come to have more mystique than others and the Syrah from Swartland property Porseleinberg is one of those.
A stylistic shift has been evident for some time, the wine in earlier years appearing severely tannic but more recently winemaker Callie Louw seems to be pursuing more fruit density and the 2019 comes across as particularly polished.
The nose shows red and black berries, lavender and fynbos as well as some white pepper while the palate is flavour packed and surprisingly luscious – good fruit expression, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. Many will appreciate the refinement of this release but it could be argued that it lacks a little tension.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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