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Syrah (early 1980s) from S facing sanded granite, stony soils Châteaubourg, hand harvested, destemmed, 15-20 day vinification in closed steel vats at 30-32°C, pumping overs, aged 50% new, 50% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks, 16-18 months, fined, filtered, first wine 2015, 3,000 b

2018

(cask) very dark robe; the bouquet shows obvious sunshine, carries Southern influences, black olives, mulled black fruits, the mix of sweetness and oak a little toppy. The palate is also charged with fleshy, rolling content, black berry, fleshy matter. The tannins are ripe, and have melded in, leave a gummy aftertaste. It’s a weighty do, the South has invaded the North here: you don’t want to drink much of it. Decant it. From 2022-23. 2032-34 Dec 2019

2017

dark red; has an easy, rounded nose on blackberry with a sweet notion about it, a touch of licorice, blue fruit, smoke from oak. The palate springs out on oak/vanilla with black berries, soft in texture, holds fleshy gras. It’s modern, rather mainstream Syrah varietal wine, though the length is correct. It needs to get past its oak, so leave until 2022, for example. It has the plumpness of a ripe, sun-filled vintage, so it’s texture over terroir at present. 14°. 2031-33 March 2020

2015 ()

full red colour. There is a brewed intensity of black fruits on the nose, a sweet interior; it’s a thick start, some meatiness apparent. The palate spreads broadly, shows more nuance the bouquet, runs with good life in its black fruits and tannins. This is a tasty, good-hearted St Jo, with 2015 features of fullness and energetic tannins that pep up the close, which brings a rose-hip, salted twinning, with oak and a southern sense of black olives. It really rocks on the finish, boom, boom. 14.5° - no patsy, this. From mid-2019. 2030-33 Nov 2017