The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brood- ing fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackber- ry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose follows through with balanced acidity and svelte cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.
Wine SpectatorToasty, with cedar and singed vanilla notes framing the core of slightly dried plum and cherry fruit. Tobacco and savory accents underscore the finish. A touch rustic, and more like Cabernet than Syrah. Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. Drink now through 2018. 6,500 cases imported.