Here’s a nice brambley wine that will take us into autumn. On the nose, it has a whiff of jammy, spicy fruit. Take a sip: it’s actually not quite so heavy as you might expect from the smell. Personally I thought it was more Syrah in style – albeit a new world one – than Shiraz. Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape, it’s the style that can vary – enormously.
In the mouth, it’s full of earthy, peppery black fruit, with a touch of liquorice, and slippery tannins on the finish which complement the blueberry fruit nicely. When pairing with food, just be conscious that the tannins might not work particularly well with anything spicy. Instead, drink it with roast vegetables, mushrooms and hearty pulse/grain dishes.
Producer Boekenhoutskloof is one of the largest and most reliable in South Africa, well known for the iconic ‘Chocolate Block’ – you need to try it! Porcupine Ridge is their ‘every day’ drinking range. The grapes are grown in Swartland – Dutch for ‘black land’ – which is north of Cape Town and famed for producing powerful, fruit-driven wines given the hot, dry climate.
At a glance
- Style: Medium to full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Swartland, South Africa
- What’s the grape? Shiraz
- Tastes of? Blueberries & damsons
- What food would complement it? The earthiness works well with Puy Lentils with Beetroot & Hazelnuts