Porseleinberg Syrah 2017

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99 Pts, (Wine of the Year) – Tim Atkin, MW – 98 Pts, Decanter – 97 Pts, Vinous

If you haven’t yet heard of Porseleinberg, you better hurry up and get with the program while we can get this thing for double digits. The boutique Swartland winery is home to dynamite, world-class Cape influenced Syrah that exemplifies the essence of terroir-driven, authentic wine. Critics are in love with the project – wine buyers worldwide make it one of the tougher bottles to get your hands on.

This revolutionary long-term project that borders on a Cult project by Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof started when he brought in Callie Louw as the farmer and custodian of this special vineyard. At home on his John Deere tractor, Callie is also the winemaker, producing a richly tannic and yet ethereal wine that is more akin to Cornas or Hermitage.

The 2017 Syrah is all-in-all their highest collective scoring wine ever. It earned its highest ever score from Vinous and Neil Martin and was once again recognized as a ‘Wine of the Year’ by Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. It has been sold out in most countries for months now but I managed to get my hands on the last of it in the States, earmarked exclusively for Nicholas Wines. Most have this above $100/btl, but I did see one with it for $85/btl. For as long as these bottles last, ours is the best price in the country. Just read the expert reviews below… this is a special wine.

Original price was: $125.00.Current price is: $79.00.

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99 Points, (Wine of the Year, 2019) – Tim Atkin, MW
“Has any brand in South Africa achieved quite so much as Porseleinberg in less than a decade? This is the best vintage yet from this steep, brutal, extreme schist-rich site and that’s saying a good deal. Big, bold and intense, with incredible, almost feral intensity, incense, tar and black pepper aromas and layers of inky dark fruit. A stunning wine from a stunning site, made by a gem of a winemaker.”

98 Points, Decanter
This Swartland property is owned by Boekenhoutskloof but run independently by gifted winemaker Callie Louw. Alive and dynamic, this soars out of the glass, a touch of firework smoke to the vibrant berry fruits. Incredible energy and elegance on the palate, great freshness and focus, tiny tensile tannins and zesty acidity. Very long, this crackles on and on. The handsome labels are produced at the estate on a vintage Heidelberg press – but don’t assume there is any style over substance here: the 2017 Porseleinberg is a truly great Syrah.”

97 Points, Vinous
“The 2017 Porseleinberg has a compelling bouquet of blackberry, fynbos, Provençal herbs and veins of blue fruit, all showing stunning delineation and composure. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and pure blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with thyme, sage and white pepper. This is utterly refined and intense yet sophisticated. A quite stunning wine.”

99 Points (Wine of the Year), Tim Atkin
98 Points, Decanter – 97 Points, Vinous

Each year this wine further makes a case for itself as one of the best made in the world, not just South Africa. Callie Louw’s Porseleinberg is magnificent, a pure joy to drink, a collector and is sold out pretty much every single place on the planet besides here right now. This one received it’s highest ever score from Neil Martin and Vinous with a 97-point review in which he deemed the wine, “…utterly refined and intense yet sophisticated. A quite stunning wine.” Matt Walls of Decanter echoed that sentiment in their 98-point review calling the wine, “a truly great Syrah.”

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