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2017 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Porcupine Ridge"

Porcupine Ridge 2017 Syrah

Winery: Boekenhoutskloof

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Porcupine Ridge"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Syrah

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Swartland

State or country: South Africa

Price: $13

Cases produced: 600

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: March 14, 2020

Wine Review: This is a dark and savory wine from South Africa. It is a clear dark purple color and has blackberry, smoky salami, funky wet peat, vanilla and black pepper on the nose. It has a medium-plus body and medium-plus acidity. While it presents as young, it is smooth and dry. There are flavors of blackberry, blueberry, anise, clove and a hint of oak. There are fine grained tannins in the lingering spicy finish. I would pair this Syrah with a nicely charred flank steak. - Mark

Winemaker Notes: The nose shows an intriguing savory character, juxtaposed against an abundance of heady perfume, white pepper, black cherry and red plum aromas. Violets, licorice and dark berry fruit follow through onto the mid-palate, with notes of black pepper, cloves, black cardamom and star anise. The wine is balanced and focused, elegant yet complex with smooth, velvety tannins. The spicy, grippy finish lingers with hints of cocoa, black olives and violets.

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