The driving force here is quality grapes and chief winemaker Callie Louw, a maverick genius with an unswerving commitment to the highest quality in all that he does. The Boekenhoutskloof winery is best known for its reds, especially Syrah and Cabernet, but also makes a stunning white from the Semillon grape. This is the first time that we have been proudly able to announce that the famed Porseleinberg wine has been added to the fray, but again it is only available in very, very limited quantities.
The Porseleinberg vineyard in Swartland has been owned by Boekenhoutskloof since 2009, and 2010 was the first vintage produced. The winemaker, Callie Louw who farms the 18-year-old Syrah vines both organically and biodynamically. Wholebunch fermentation with natural yeasts and very little sulphur addition is followed by ageing in concrete eggs and foudres, with a year in bottle before release. The resulting single vineyard wine is generally regarded as one of Swartland's finest. The lively, expressive fruit is both rich and fresh, with an immaculate clarity. The medium-bodied palate is enlivened with just the right amount of acidity. Plenty of raspberry fruit underlain with spice and treacly depth contribute to this South Afircan gem.
"Porseleinberg's 2014 Syrah has a very pure bouquet of blackberry, briary, hints of crushed violet and iris all with wonderful delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. Compared to other vintages that I have tasted, this 2014 feels quite structured and perhaps a little more masculine than previous vintages, the schistous terroir expressive towards the mineral-driven finish. It constitutes one of the most intellectual wines from Porseleinberg that I have tasted, maybe less opulent than previous vintages, yet with great complexity and breeding.
(Neal Martin, eRobertparker.com, April 2017)