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Date Printed: 7/9/2014
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008
(search item no. 98244)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/9/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The wild one" - Powerful and full bodied with concentrated flavours of black pepper, raspberry, mulberry and liquorice. The porcupine Syrah has a long finish with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
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About Porcupine Ridge:

In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, eager to find a way to relieve the symptoms of scurvy, suggested to the Dutch East India Company that the Cape Province of South Africa would be suitable for growing grapes. Nine years later, the first wine was pressed from grapes grown on cuttings brought from France. The prime grape growing areas of South Africa spread out from Cape Town, and include the Paarl ("pearl" in Afrikaans), which to the east encompasses Franschhoek ("French corner"), home of the first French Huguenot settlers. Boekenhoutskloof, its homestead dating from 1784, is located in the Franschhoek Valley.

Marc Kent is the winemaker for the Boekenhoutskloof wines as well as the range of wines called Porcupine Ridge. There are approximately 20 hectares of vines at Boekenhoutskloof - 25% of which are planted to white varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier; and 75% of which consist of reds: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Porcupine Ridge is a handcrafted range of wines, celebrated for its uncompromising commitment to quality. The wines carry a distinctive label featuring an original pen and ink of the crested porcupine drawn by leading South Africa wildlife artist, Zakkie Eloff. These crested porcupines inhabit the vineyards of the Boekenhoutskloof homestead.