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Syrah (early 1990s) from decomposed granite soils, crop cooled pre-fermentation, 90% destemmed, pre-fermentation cooling, crushed, 25 day steel vat vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, aged 50% steel vat, 50% 2-3-4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 6 months (down from 10 months into early 2010s), unfined, filtered, "drink with grilled, stewed red meats, mature cheese", 50-80,000 b

2016 ()

(vat/casks) shiny, quite dark red colour. The nose is marked by the lees, is very primary, has a red fruited aroma within, a sense of oak charcoal. The palate suggests almost a Vin Nature, has a perlant, near fermenting feel to it, cassis leaf and black fruits together. Its acidity is live. Can be drunk now, not sure about its balance. 13°. 50,000 b. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015

dark red robe. The nose comes forward on reduction, with a plump, sweet air of blackberry and road tar. Decanting advised. The palate gives a coursing run of black berry fruit with some salted tannins that have a slightly pointed edge. This is coolly fruited, crisp wine with a bit of a technical edge to it. From spring 2017 to ease the finish, hopefully. 13.5°. 75,000 b. €6.38 export. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2013

(cask/vat) dark robe. Has a sweet-toned black berry fruit aroma, a touch of rose hip present: a soft, calm start. The palate likewise holds easy, open black berry fruit which sets the tone all through. To drink now, with the fruit supple and the tannins lightly dusted. Does a sound job for the short-term. Could have been bottled already. 12.5°. €6.99 ex-cellars. To 2018 GB £13.99 Waitrose www.waitrose.co.uk USA US$25 Arborway Imports www.arborwayimports.com   Jan 2015

2001

cool black fruit, earthy touches; sinewy black flavour, latent gras, honest wine. Drink and go, ideal served cool.