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PRODUCER: Porseleinberg is home to a groundbreaking Cape Syrah that exemplifies the essence of terroir-driven, authentic wine. The extremely rugged and dry schistous mountain doesn’t invite easy viticulture, but of course extreme terroir produces extreme wine! This revolutionary long-term project by Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof, 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.
WINEMAKING: Winemaker Callie Louw farms the vines organically, the fermentation is whole bunch with natural yeasts and minimal sulphur addition, matured in concrete eggs and foudres. The result is one of Swartland’s finest reds.
TASTING NOTE: The Porseleinberg has a sublime, perfumed bouquet with raspberry, cloves, touches of wild fennel and rosemary that are all very succinct. The palate is medium-bodied with supremely well judged acidity, firm grip in the mouth and plenty of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit toward the finish.