Porseleinberg Syrah 2016 by Callie Louw, who produces one of SA’s most distinctive and sought-after Syrahs. This Swartland property was bought by Boekenhoutskloof in 2009 and Callie was tasked with nurturing the existing Syrah vineyards and establishing a further 30 hectares thereof. The vineyards are planted on blocks of schist, a very hard, yet flaky and friable rock with a reddish, silver colour, perfect for reflecting that hot Swartland sun. 100% of this vintage is from the old block, which is the one first noticed by director Marc Kent, who uses it in his famous Boekenhoutskloof Syrah.
The latest creation of Callie Louw, who concentrates on his 90ha of Syrah on steep schist-laden hillside vineyards in the Swartland. A deep crimson-ruby colour precedes a forthcoming aroma of fresh tree cherries, semi dried violets, meatiness with a sprinkle of white pepper. Wild fruit on flavour with gorgeous cherry core and bright acidity. A concentrated but fresh and athletic wine, immediately reminding me of young Crozes-Hermitage. Grippy tannins finish it off, rendering it set for long maturation potential – keep until 2025.