Friday's Wine Pick: Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012


So I had this really beautiful picture all figured out for this week's wine pick, or at least I thought I did.  In said picture, I had an anonymous hand-model holding the bottle at close range in all its dark red glory.  It was going to be a masterpiece of a picture, worthy perhaps of the pages of Food & Wine Magazine.  I had the rest of my easy-breezy life planned out based on the success of this one picture.  Then I uploaded it and it was as fuzzy as hell.  Having already consumed all of the wine in the bottle for my research, I had to dig the empty out of the recycling bin and shoot it again.  That's why this weeks picture is of an empty, wine-stained bottle.  I kind of like it, anyhow.  It's like a metaphor for life's slight disappointments, or something.  It's symbolic of having to make do with what you have.  Which is why I sing "Que Syrah, Syrah/ whatever will be, will be/ the future's not ours to see/Que Syrah, Syrah."

This week's pick is a South African wine which got rave reviews over the past few years from The Globe & Mail.  Everyone's always talking about this wine with the porcupine on the label, so I figured I had to give it a shot.  I quite enjoyed it, without feeling like I needed to run out and get another bottle every other week.  I'm not a big red wine fan, but this one made the cut.  Here's some more info about Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012:

Tasting notes: Dark Fruits, Smoky, Spicy.

Pair with:  Grilled Meats, Italian Sausage Pasta.    

Cost:  $14.95 CDN

Perks:  This wine is a darling of the masses, so it's kind of fun to spot it in soft news pieces and reviews, over and over again.  I'm sure hardcore oenophiles might have different opinions.

Cons: The label is kind of random and not helpful.  Instead of offering a description of the wine on the back, it just goes on about crested porcupines (leaving amateur winos like me to fend for myself).

Overall Glossless Rating (based on totally unscientific and arbitrary values): 8/10