Sunday, May 20, 2012

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 10'

Naked Wine Review 97
Wine: Porcupine Ridge Syrah
Producer: Boekenhoutskloof
Vintage: 10'
Region: South Africa>Coastal Region
Price: 8.00
Date tasted: 05/20/12
Place tasted: I was on a big red sailboat; a rolling deep blue ocean, my only view. The psychic detox of water and an enhanced sensitivity to the flavors swirling around my glass of red, brought a profound sense of serenity to my being. I was so happy at that moment. I remember wearing Ian Mouldings blue hat and thinking about cheese. Now isn't that just too perfect?
Serve with: things that use lots of black pepper. Red meats, or strong cheeses would be a good complement. I had it with a dark chocolate raspberry torte. Decadent, just decadent. 
Appearance: I say garnet and purple, though the wine maker and other reviewers say ruby. I respectfully disagree; you can decide for yourself. Whichever 'hue' you chose, she's still dark, muted, and opaque. A very glamourous lady of a wine.
On the snoot:  is an earthy, aromatic stroll through dense blackberry perfumed woods. The snoot makes a good first impression, I like that. 
Taste: Concentrated dark fruit cascading over oak and wood. Cracked peppercorn yodels that echo through a rich black current & berry canyon command your full attention. Tannins are soft and plentiful as tribbles on the Enterprise. Finish lingers in a delightful embrace, cuddling and spooning the satisfied palate. 
Balance: Beautifully balanced with lots of body yet not too heavy or sweet; just many layers of harmonizing character. Well adjusted, educated, and charming. 
Comments: If you like South African wines, and particularly pinotage, you will like this syrah as well. She is exotic, unique, and will give your palate something to ponder. 
If you are looking for a cliche', beauty pageant winning, yawn they all taste alike but aren't they pretty? kinda wine, then look somewhere else. This wine would find you boring; and YOU would be completely unable to comprehend the truth and beauty in her complexities. Come on, go get some Porcupine Syrah and let the whole world be your comfort zone. Don't bore the wine.
Rating: 3.8 tipsys; excellent value

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