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.
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. 2022-35
Deep ruby-purple in the glass. Ferrous and smoky on the nose, this is a bloody, rich and dark-fruited Syrah in the mould of Cornas. The palate is thick and peppery, with notes of chargrilled meats, sweet blackberry and ripe forest fruits on the palate. Concentrated, dense and powerful, the oily texture of the fruit is cut by the plentiful, mouthcoating tannins. Bold and muscular through to the finish, notes of dried herbs and freshly cracked pepper linger on, thanks to the 100% whole bunch in the wine. This is very impressive, generous in fruit but strict in structure. It has opened up impressively in the last 3-4 months but still needs another year in bottle. The structure and intensity suggests this will then drink well for 12-15 years.