Porseleinberg Syrah 2021
By Christian Eedes, 2 October 2023
The 2021 harvest at Swartland property Porseleinberg was cool and hence later than usual. This might suggest a wine of extra power, but it initially appears rather pretty and relatively light bodied (despite an alcohol of 13.9%).
As has been widely discussed, winemaker Callie Louw implemented submerged cap vinification in 2018 allowing for slower, more gentle extraction. The 2021 is again super-elegant with a compelling tension about it, the tannins possessing a powdery texture. It’s not short of flavour intensity but Louw achieves this without any sense of the wine being overworked. For all the wine’s outward ease and gentleness, there is still a certain underlying firmness, the finish being deeply savoury, almost earthy. In fact, the wine turns inwards rather than opening up with time in glass – it should mature with benefit over the next decade or so. Price: R750 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Read Greg Sherwood MW’s report on a recent Porseleinberg vertical tasting here.
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