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Syrah (early 1990s) from decomposed granite soils, crop cooled pre-fermentation, 90% destemmed, pre-fermentation cooling, crushed, 25 day steel vat vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, aged 50% steel vat, 50% 2-3-4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 6 months (down from 10 months into early 2010s), unfined, filtered, "drink with grilled, stewed red meats, mature cheese", 50-85,000 b


shiny, bold dark red; the nose carries reduction, with a deep inset of black fruits, sweet black lozenges. The palate moves directly, is flanked by streams of cherry fruit, leading into a more rocky finale, where the tannins congregate and are chewy, assertive - they need a couple of years. Decant this by necessity. There is extraction in this: be warned. 14°. 85,000 b. €12. From 2021. 2030-31 Nov 2019

2017 ()

dark red colour; the nose is reduced, so needs air, has a stewed, brothy air of black stone fruits, with some musky rose attached; it’s on the sweet side. The palate is open, sweet and commercial in style, very easy access, based on red fruits, cooked plum fruit. The tannins are furry but do not stand outside. It’s a mainstream St Jo that finishes a tiny bit stringy, with some spicing, is suited to stews, for example. It is bottled already. 13.5°. 2024-25 Dec 2018

2016 ()

(vat/casks) shiny, quite dark red colour. The nose is marked by the lees, is very primary, has a red fruited aroma within, a sense of oak charcoal. The palate suggests almost a Vin Nature, has a perlant, near fermenting feel to it, cassis leaf and black fruits together. Its acidity is live. Can be drunk now, not sure about its balance. 13°. 50,000 b. To 2021 Nov 2017


dark red robe. The nose comes forward on reduction, with a plump, sweet air of blackberry and road tar. Decanting advised. The palate gives a coursing run of black berry fruit with some salted tannins that have a slightly pointed edge. This is coolly fruited, crisp wine with a bit of a technical edge to it. From spring 2017 to ease the finish, hopefully. 13.5°. 75,000 b. €6.38 export. 2021-22 Oct 2016


(cask/vat) dark robe. Has a sweet-toned black berry fruit aroma, a touch of rose hip present: a soft, calm start. The palate likewise holds easy, open black berry fruit which sets the tone all through. To drink now, with the fruit supple and the tannins lightly dusted. Does a sound job for the short-term. Could have been bottled already. 12.5°. €6.99 ex-cellars. To 2018 GB £13.99 Waitrose www.waitrose.co.uk USA US$25 Arborway Imports www.arborwayimports.com   Jan 2015


cool black fruit, earthy touches; sinewy black flavour, latent gras, honest wine. Drink and go, ideal served cool.