Boekenhoutskloof Porseleinberg Syrah 2019

Tasting Notes

Winery: Boekenhouskloof
Varietal: Shiraz
SKU: POR2019 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Boekenhoutskloof Porseleinberg 2019



99 pts Tim Atkin MW

This remarkable site has established itself as one of the world’s great Syrah vineyards in less than a decade. Sourced from four blocks totally 4.5 hectares, Callie Louw’s stunning red is just short of perfection this year, but is still brilliant, confirming the evolution in style of the Jamet-inspired 2018. Leafy, spicy, rose petal aromas are supported by pure red berry fruit, detailed tannins and the faintest hint of oak.

96 pts Vinous

The 2019 Porseleinberg has a brilliant nose, as I would expect, presenting an exquisitely defined mixture of red and black fruit with hints of honey and orange blossom, pressed iris petals and incense. The medium-bodied, harmonious palate offers fine-grained tannins and a judicious touch of white pepper and clove. Very Rhône-like in style, it reminds me of a Jamet Côte-Rôtie tasted the previous month. Absolute class from Callie Lowe, and better than the 2018 in my opinion.

95 pts Wine Spectator

This harmonious red draws you into the glass with a gorgeous nose of garrigue, lilac, leather and spice, serving as a fragrant overtone for the rich weave of black plum, green olive, milled pepper, smoky iron and singed citrus peel flavors. Delivers a solid core of fine tannins deftly knit to a fresh profile, which expands on the creamy finish. Hard to not drink this now, but this should only show greater expression and shine brighter with some bottle aging. Syrah. Best from 2024 through 2034. 1,020 cases made, 100 cases imported

Winemaker Notes

Only the most premium Syrah from the organically-farmed vineyard is used in Porseleinberg’s single iconic wine. The wine is fermented with 100% whole clusters using only natural yeasts. Fermentation takes place in concrete vats, and the wine is then aged in a combination of foudres and concrete eggs with no new wood intervention. The resulting wine is wild, savory, and tannic but ethereal, and it regularly draws comparisons with top Northern Rhône wines, especially Cornas. It certainly has earned its stature as one of South Africa’s most distinctive
and sought-after wines, as evidenced by consistent critical acclaim.

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