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Syrah (early 1980s) from granite soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 3 day pre-fermentation cool maceration, 2-3 week vinification at 28°C, pumping overs, aged vat & 1-5 year 400-litre oak casks 12 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, “drink with red meat, poultry, cheese”, 4,800 b

2018

(casks) dark red robe; the bouquet wells up on plentiful, “high” blackberry fruits, is full to the extent that a spoon could stand up in it. The palate is also filled up with black berry fruits, has a relative fineness of delivery along the second half, the finish flecked with a little mineral clarity – a great help, that. The length is good, the aftertaste glowing. The grapes have given much bounty this year, placing gourmandise on the drinker’s agenda. From 2022. 2036-38 Nov 2019

2017

(casks) sombre dark red robe. The nose gives some welcome lucid black fruit, black cherry, a hint of mulberry, with streamlined oaking in behind. It flirts with sunshine ripeness. The palate bears easy flow black fruited matter, has mild tannins in step with it, has a tuneful nature, could bear more richness. The oak is a little out on its own on the close. I would favour less oak to allow the fruit to really come forward and light it up as much as possible. From 2020. 2028-29 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) full, dark red colour. Mulberry fruits and oxtail meatiness twin on the nose, the fruit simmered in style, allowing for a small note of coolness. The palate offers a floral set of black berry fruits, with mild tannins. It’s rather dumb at present. There is enough depth, and an oiliness of ripeness, to allow this to show well, and be up for lamb dishes, for example. It’s safe style of St Jo for la table, not a racy operator. Decanting advised. From 2019. 2025-26 Nov 2017

2015 ()

(vat/casks) dark colour, a full robe. The nose holds black cherry and blackcurrant aromas encircled by oak, the oak quite pungent. The palate is made up of supple, rather aromatic richness, wheels along easily, with the tannins moving into its frame soundly.  There is a discreet line of freshness through it. The finish needs another two years or so, so drink from 2019. 13°. 2026-27 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) dark red robe. The nose gives a prominent raspberry, soaked fruits aroma, has a curvy shape, an inner assurance. The palate has a tender red fruited flavour, is soft. The finish is rounded. This is harmonious wine, with decent Syrah detail, not forced. From mid-2016. 2020-21 Oct 2015

2013 ()

dark colour. Black cherry, coffee beans aroma, pretty secure depth, a good filling to the bouquet. The palate is shapely, led by blackberry fruit that runs freely. It displays low-key mineral cut as it ends, the tannins have spark and a chalky element. Its fruit keeps going agreeably. It is crisp and clear-cut on the exit. 13°. From spring 2016. 2020-21  Jan 2015