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Syrah (1984) from gneiss & shallow granite soils on Les Places at Ozon, hand harvested, destemmed, 35 day fibre glass vat vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, cap punching, aged new-4 year 225-litre & 228-litre oak casks 11 months, unfined, filtered, first year 2017, “drink with grilled red meats, beef stews”, 2,300 b

2018 ()

dark red; the bouquet has a note of grilling, a cooked black fruits aroma, loganberry, black cherry, with plum, the depth of the vintage within, its sun and a pocket of mystery. It can develop further, isn’t yet fully open. The palate attacks on red stone fruits, develops tight, well powdered tannins that have a munchy nature, bringing a little grain into the late texture. This is nicely reserved – it doesn’t go gangbusters to impress at first glance. The length is sound, the finish pretty neat, and it’s a genuine St Jo. From late-2020, can be decanted. 14°. 2026-27 June 2020

2017 ()

muted dark red robe, a note of matt. The nose has weight, bears an aroma of stewed red fruits, cooked plums, with herbs, inner sweetness, Southern overtures. There is a light note of reduction, so decanting no harm. The palate links closely in coming with supple content, red fruits with easy tannins and their little extra couch of depth, with some assertion and drive on the close. It’s a country style of St Jo, suited to pies and home made dishes. The length is solid, and this will accompany well a shoulder of lamb, with those herbs’ influences interesting. The tannins end a little drily, but food would take care of that. 13.5°. 2025-26 June 2020