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50% Grenache, 50% Syrah from limestone soils, destemmed, steel vat fermented, raised 6 months

2013

mild red; bubble gum, red fruit gum aroma that suggests macération carbonique in the vinifying – there are wisps of red berry, raspberry, also licorice. The bouquet is simple and clear, has outcrops of pepper and dust. There are spiced nicks in its red fruit on the palate; this is very good to drink solo. There is an appealing mid-palate ball of fruit. Just a little tannin creeps in to add greater dustiness and a mild chewiness. A well made, very perky country wine that will also accompany grills, sausages. Ping, it goes. Local, joli, genuine, w.o.w. It shows its Syrah verve on top of a fatter, Grenache couch, so the blend is spot on. 14°. VALUE at £9.95 from Yapp Brothers www.yappbrothers.co.uk To 2016  Oct 2014

2009 ()

easy, quite pale red – more Grenache influence than Syrah. Fresh, peppery first air with mild jam underlay, and a rather nutty second air. Juicy and agreeable fruit on the palate – this moves along well, provides good drinking, and hides its 14.5° well. Authentic flavour – it is not forced, and has a genuine Ardèche “free”, not oversweet or abundant character. Great drinking for sociable occasions when plenty of guests and simple foods are present. Good with parmesan. A nice little stretch of tannin comes through when eaten with spaghetti. Drinks best soon after opening. Air brings out the cellar, its raising more. To 2014. £8.95 from Yapp Brothers. Aug 2010