2008 Porcupine Ridge Syrah

Price: $9.99 @ K&L Wines imported by Vineyard Brands

What They Said:

2008 Porcupine Ridge SyrahPer K&L Wines: 89 points Wine Enthusiast: “This Syrah has a rustic but elegant nature: aromas of raspberry, black pepper, smoked sausage and cloves prevail, while full-bodied but integrated flavors of anise, pepper and berry follow. The wine is robust but has a velvety character and a spicy finish.” (11/09) And, according to Wine Spectator: “Fresh, with an iron note running through the black tea, braised fig and dark cherry fruit notes. There’s a nice plush edge to the open-knit finish. Drink now.” (12/09)

What I Think:

Fresh off the heels of my South African tasting adventures I headed over to K&L Wines to pick up some Wolftrap & Man Vinters Chenin Blanc. Alas they were out of both. Fortunately they had this one which was recommended courtesy of @winewithjameson (who shared some excellent pictures from the winery to boot!). So what did we have here…

A bit green with hot stewed plums on the nose. The oak is apparent on the palate with unripe brambly, berry fruits up front that fall apart as the acidity becomes a bit overbearing on the mid palate. This wine is juicy and spicy throughout with a sharp finish showing black pepper while oscillating between hot and dry. The bottle already showed a healthy bit of sediment on the finish leading me to believe this one was unfiltered. A quality offering, with characteristics you can’t find in something like the 12 Apostles, but still not quite worthy of a repeat for me. That said my thirst for tasting more of the wines from South Africa remains. Stay tuned for more as the World Cup is less than three weeks away!

Rating: Pricey

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3 thoughts on “2008 Porcupine Ridge Syrah

  1. Best South African red value is the Kanonkop Kadette ($11), a Pinotage/Bordeaux blend. Lots of fruit, good structure. Maybe best red value period. Down here in Menlo Park, Beltramos & K&L both have dwindling supply. Looks like 6 left in SF at K&L, do yourself a favor, Jason! Really enjoy your blog. Go bafana bafana! and Landon & the boys.

    • Thanks for the tip! As you recommended I just did myself a favor and ordered a bottle at K&L. Looking forward to drinking it soon. Stay tuned and enjoy the World Cup!

  2. Steve, I finally opened this one over the weekend. Very good stuff indeed! Post coming soon. Thanks for the recommendation and hope you are enjoying the World Cup!

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