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2000-2001 Syrah on granite soils, 12-17 day vinification, pumping overs open to air until 1030-1040 specific gravity, then closed pumping overs, aged 50% new, 50% 1-year 600-litre oak casks 20 months, fined, unfiltered, 1,500 b


(casks) deep red, purple colour; cautious, reticent nose – latent red cherry liqueur, cassis – that reflects a process of late ripening in the vineyard. Careful departure on the palate, the fruit extremely fine, leads on to a honey-floral ending. Light pucker of fine grain tannin. Delicate wine. It will evolve with possible stop/start moments, and gain weight over time, perhaps a bit like the 2007 vintage. 2023-24. “It is more reserved than usual, the malolactic fermentation only finished at the end of May, took its time,” P-J Villa. June 2011

2009 ()

(bottling next month, this 100% new oak raised) sound, full red robe; fragrant, black jam air that is wide and well-established across the glass. I sense violets here, smoke, latent oak and tar. Good, thorough palate with sustained black fruit, and a tender finale. The tannins are fine, the finish clear-cut, the exit lightly floral. Uncluttered wine that has swallowed most of its oak. Definite local quality here, on the STGT trail. Good balance and length. “If this had been in 228 litre new oak, the oak would be a lot more present,” P-J Villa. Especially 2013-16. 2018-20 June 2011