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Syrah (late 1980s) from eastern alluvial, loess soils, pre fermentation crop cooling, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, cap punching, oak cask raised 12 months, filtered, 2,000 b


matt tone in a quite dark robe. There is light sweetness on the nose, blackberry jam – this is a safe version of Hermitage from the centre-east, I suspect (tasted blind). It is a t touch timid. The palate bears ripe fruit that lacks the sparkle and lift of the best wines. It ends with some lip-smack. Low-key wine, lacks stature. From mid-2015. 13°. Bottled already. €26.50 at cellars. 2021-22  GB £39.99 Davy’s Company Ltd Greenwich London SE10 8JA Jan 2015


(casks, on sale Jan 2012) dark robe; square, rather rugged shape to bouquet; it comes forward with a roll of ripe raspberry fruit, some extra intensity of black cherry, wafts of oak smoke. The palate bears Hermitage muscle, is all wrapped up by a ripe content, and moves securely to its finish of tar and licorice, black fruit, smoky tannin. It ends firmly, broadly. There is plenty here – it shows good supple gras richness, with layers of depth, on the palate. Has a good future. From 2014 to allow it to get into shape. 2026-28 Nov 2011