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Syrah (1970s) from 0.14 hectare that used to be Côtes du Rhône, customs told them in 2015 it didn’t qualify to be Côtes du Rhône, decomposed granite & schist soils on plateau at 350 metres next to cellar, plus some Côtes du Rhône to make up a sensible volume, some destemming, 2-week fermentation, cap punching, pumping overs, aged 3-15 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks & 20 hl large barrel 9-10 months, fined, can be filtered, first wine 2015, Harys is Syrah backwards, 500 (2015)-2,000 (2016) magnums, no bottles

2016 ()

bottled two weeks ago: quite a dark red. Has a nice open bouquet led by red berries, raspberries that has a wee liqueur strength and foundation, mulberry and blackberry also. There are mineral lines, dampness on the palate, which holds lithe content, with grippy, tarred tannins that rule on the finish. Reduction lurks within. The darkness on the palate requires it be left nine months. This has structure, is table wine, good with lamb cutlets, for example. Decant it. 12.5°. 2023-24 Nov 2017