The driving force here is quality grapes and chief winemaker Marc Kent, 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. The winemaker of Porseleinberg is 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. 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.
"The fourth vintage from this picturesque site on steep slopes. Aged in foudres and concrete eggs, it's all about the intensity and calibre of the fruit: focused, dense and compact with thick tannins and the power and structure to age. A Cape classic in the making. 96pts" - Tim Atkin
Neal Martin: "The 2013 Porseleinberg uses whole bunch fruit and is matured 60% in foudre and 40% in concrete eggs. Winemaker Callie Louw has fashioned a wine that has a very composed, quite intense and voluminous bouquet - black cherries and iris, with less of the violets and more a brooding marine influence that with aeration takes control of the aromatics. The delineation here is very impressive. The palate is grippy on the entry, the terroir permeating this Syrah from start to finish. With a Cornas-like brutishness counterpoised with stunning delineation and focus, this is a serious Syrah for the Syrah Swartland afficionado. It has the presence to last 15-20 years and represents one of the region's best contributions to the vintage. Good luck finding a bottle! 95pts
"I'm super in love with this," commented Duncan Savage as he poured the 2014 Proprietary Red; it is a blend of 67% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 12% Cinsault and 9% Touriage Naçional, the latter for the first time. It has an elegant and poised bouquet that offers precise mineral-rich strawberry and cranberry, with tertiary scents becoming more and more intense with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, precise acidity, pure in the mouth with hints of bitter cherry and a touch of sea salt on the finish. There is deceptive backbone to this wine, sophisticated and classy. Give it another year and you'll have a truly great wine in your hands."