Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa

$13.00 $11.29
Save $1.71
Item No. 98244
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WE89
  • ST88
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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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.

Critical Acclaim

"his 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. "
89 Points

"Bright deep red. Dark raspberry, pepper, caramel, woodsmoke and mocha on the nose, plus an exotic whiff of spicecake: very syrah. Then lush, chocolatey and easygoing, with an attractive sweetness to the middle palate. Finishes with dusty tannins and a note of woodsy soba broth. A lot of syrah for $13."
88 Points

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Learn 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...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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