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Syrah (mid-1980s and younger) from granite soils, destemmed, pre-fermentation crop cooling at 5°C 2-3 days in big vintages such as 2015 (not in 2014 & 2013), 22-28 day vinification, twice daily pumping overs, some cap punching of submerged cap, aged 15-20% new 228-litre, 80-85% 1-6 year 300-litre & 550-litre oak casks 11-12 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2002, 10,000 b

2015

1) (2000-2005 Syrah, used 228-litre cask) ***(*) thick, full robe. The bouquet has layers, hence mystery – there is coated, elegant black berry fruit, a subtle blend of sweetness and flowers. The palate attacks on stylish black fruit, holds sleek tannins, is well balanced. The tannins purr into the picture with fine grain powder. 2026-27 2) (1980s Syrah, used 228-litre cask) **** very full robe. The nose has a very comfortable depth, gives blackberry. It isn’t varied, is just profound. This has an elegant, notable attack led by fine fruit, backed by snug, neat tannins. There is mineral clarity on the finish. This is very good. 2030-31 April 2016

2014 ()

bottling two weeks ago: good, shiny red and purple robe. The bouquet is loose-limbed, attractive, isn’t yet varied beyond black cherry airs. The palate holds mild fruit with plump features, soft tannins. It extends freshly, and there is a good link between nose and palate. This is up-tempo, w.o.w. wine with clear fruit at its heart. To 2020 April 2016

2013 ()

(casks) dark red robe. Beef stock, savoury aroma, with appealing roundness, a joli ripeness. The palate covers the ground pretty well, is supple and already accessible. The fruit centres on blackberry and blueberry. There is a small point of tannin to give late grip, and clarity. This drinks harmoniously, has a hand made feel. STGT, tender wine that reflects slightly deeper soils than the full rock face thanks to its fleshy nature. 12.5°. 10,000 b. 2019-20  Jan 2015   

2008

(tank, to be bottled in 1 month) bright, dark robe. Rather jolly, sweet black fruit, blackberry aroma. Easy, natural black fruit on the palate, nice and plump, squeezy and drinkable. w.o.w. wine – this is becoming a tradition here. Lovely fruit, stand up drinking here. “Drink this quite rapidly – before the 2007,” P.Marthouret. To late 2012. Nov 2009

2007 ()

dark, bright robe. Intense, good aroma – chocolate, black fruit, mint chocolate, cassis – really attractive. The palate gives a lot of bold black fruit, with a cautious, mineral run late on, crisp tannins. Very good – this gives access to the place. Length is good. STGT wine. To 2014. Nov 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *** bright, pretty dark robe; elegant black berry fruit with a mildly creamy nature on the nose – this gives tender and welcoming fruit, a dash of pine in the scent as well. Its blackberry palate fruit has a clear line through it – it drinks well solo, and ends on a nice, complete register, with a few of the ripe tannins showing up. From 2010. This is heading for w.o.w. status – its fruit is bonny, the tannins are gummy, and there is nice width in it. To 2015 Dec 2008

2006

(casks) compact bouquet – high tone air, with a suggestion of gras within – smoke and charcoal in with the red fruit. The palate sets off quite nice and supple, but the richness doesn`t quite convince. It keeps going, though, and shows moderated late red berry fruit, tightening at the finish. Just a bit dry on the end, but that can maybe suffuse into the wine. 2013. Dec 2007

2005 ()

full, dark tones in the robe. Black cherry, assured and sleek aroma, with a twinkle of sweetness. Black fruit with a clear grain in it on the palate, some pepper. Its oak requires 18 months – get into it around mid-2008. The flavour is mineral-laced. 2014-15 Nov 2006

2004 ()

floral-gamey, identifiable Syrah aroma, some burnt edges. Palate starts softly, fruit gum and a little reduced (lack of oxygen in the making). The shape is straight, with pepper here. Fresh black fruit towards the finish. Uneven on the palate, as many northern zone St Jos are in 2004. Try from 2007 on - may meld. 2010. April 2006