Boekenhoutskloof Winery is located in South Africa’s Western Cape and is nestled on a vineyard that was established in 1776. Boekenhoutskloof vineyards produce a bevy of varietals such as Grenache, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Shiraz just to name a few. With vast lands and with it grape varietals, Boekenhoutskloof markets their wines under a few cleverly named brands and one of them is Porcupine Ridge, named simply after the Porcupines that call the vineyard home.

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015, is a fantastic showing of not just the wines produced by Boekenhoutskloof, but also their commitment to nature.

Established to honour the Cape Porcupine, the Porcupine Quest aims to understand more about this animal and its role in promoting biodiversity in the Cape. As such Boekenhoutskloof is helping to fund a study by Christy Bragg, a PhD student at the University of Cape Town. Her four-year project on porcupines specifically investigates the effect that porcupine foraging has on different Cape ecosystems

Tasting Notes: Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

On colour, the Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015 holds a dark hue that appears almost black. On the nose, light floral notes are present along with pepper. On the palate, peppercorn, black licorice, and an ending nutmeg round out the tannins of this wine quite nicely.

We paired Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015 with curry and it worked wonderfully. This wine gave the masala a heightened, but yet soft vanilla feel.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5