Porseleinberg (Afrikaans meaning Porcelain Mountain) is anything but the fine and fragile material the name suggests, in fact it is a rocky piece of land and by his own admission, the most difficult land, farmer Callie Louw has ever farmed.
Porseleinberg (Afrikaans meaning Porcelain Mountain) is anything but the fine and fragile material the name suggests, in fact it is a rocky piece of land and by his own admission, the most difficult land, farmer Callie Louw has ever farmed. Set in the Swartland, owned by Boekenhoutskloof, the Porseleinberg Syrah is independently made by Callie. If ever a man embodied a wine, it must be Mr. Louw. Having painstakingly restored a vintage 1940s Heidelberg press which he uses to print his own labels, he says in an interview: “I do my own labels, I make my own wine, I grow my own grapes, it’s all good.” The ease of that statement belies the effort that has gone into the production of these immaculate, white labeled bottles of Rhône-style Syrah.
As a member of the Swartland Independent Producers, Porseleinberg is a proud, pure expression of its terroir. Callie explains that the rocky land is in fact a great advantage, allowing the vines to establish deep, intricate root networks paired with near perfect drainage conditions. Grapes from this piece of land have been used by a number of ‘rock-star’ winemakers, most notably for the first botteling of Eben Sadie’s sought-after Columella, ‘an African Star’. As such, there is not much in the way of intricate winemaking techniques, Callie says: “The winemaking side of things is an opportunity to see how well you have farmed.” Hence his choice of ‘farmer’, not ‘winemaker’.
Given the conditions the production of Porseleinberg is very small. Each distributor is given a limited allocation of wine, which is only awarded on visiting the farm. Your wine labels are then hand-printed and customised with an authentication seal and collector’s number. We are not overly excited to part with any of them, but are willing to part with at least SOME of them. A labour of love and something we’d very much suggest you hold on to, the Porseleinberg Syrah 2015 is sure to be immaculate in 20 years time, if you can wait that long. If you can’t, we can offer you a selection of alternative rare finds to make the wait bearable, if not enjoyable.