jamie goode's wine blog: Great value Shiraz, part 1

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Great value Shiraz, part 1

Just wanted to share a few recent, highly positive experiences with inexpensive Syrah, beginning with this little beauty from Boekenhoutskloof's Marc Kent.

It's the Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008, from South Africa (Waitrose, 6.99). Quite simply, this is the best example of this grape available anywhere at this price in the UK. It's ripe and sweet, but it has a lovely savoury, meaty dimension to it. In some ways, it's a fusion of the old world (meaty, savoury, floral aromatics) with the new (bold, sweet, ripe and mouthfilling). I really like it. You owe it to yourself to go and buy a bottle and give it a try.

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At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Ben Smith said...

If Boukenhoutskloof had a twitter page they would use their 140 caras just writing their name! Great wines tho.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

quite agree

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Laissez Fare said...

Hi, thanks for posting this.

When we were on our honeymoon earlier this year, we visited the Boukenhoutskloof winery. Most of the wines we tasted were excellent - Mark Kent is indeed a very good wine maker.

We particularly liked the Chocolate Block and brought one home in our suitcase. The syrah (the one with the 7 chairs on it) from the mid 2000's was also really excellent - had it again recently at High Timber in London. I think the Porcupine Ridge syrah is great value and a really enjoyable wine.



At 7:20 AM, Blogger Chris Townend said...

Their Cabernet sauvignon is also excellent value and a benchmark for this varietal


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