Served at 15°C. The nose reveals great aromas of ripe black and red fruits. On the palate, these melt with leather and liquorice notes with soft, velvety tannins. This is a round and rich wine with a wonderful balance as well as a nice and refreshing acid
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Deep ruby in colour with aromas of cherry, cola and eucalyptus. Red fruit mingles with hints of black pepper on the palate and a round mouthfeel is accented by smooth tannins and a nice acidity. This is a balanced wine with a lengthy finish.
Opening with enticing red berry fruit, the aromas seamlessly blend with hints of cherry and forest floor. Delicate notes of anise and cola accompany the fruit. A rich palate of black cherry and strawberry is supported by medium fine-grained tannins. The finish lingers with subtle, toasty undertones and excellent balance.
Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of the Southern Rhone (see blue link below).
Syrah is stated as the "majority" variety, and we know this to be almost 100% in exceptional years, with huge attention to detail shown by Gramenon to create a beautifully balanced wine. Grapes are manually harvested and macerated for 12 days. Natural yeasts are used in the fermentation, followed by a 7-month ageing before bottling, some part being aged in steel, some in oak barriques.
This is bold and elegant Cotes du Rhone, and much above the common herd: it is silky, aromatic, and full of local flavor: lavender, black olive, and ripe blackberry. It will keep for up to 8 years from vintage.
A superb biodynamic wine, 'La Valiniere' is a blend of 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah and is one of the finest wines to emerge from the south of France in the past few years. Owner Didier Barral follows a non-interventionist that produces wines of great depth and character, of which 'La Valiniere' is a typical example. As with many Mourvedre-dominated wines, 'La Valiniere' is intense and velvety with savoury and 'gamey' flavours. There are also notes of cloves and cinammon. The Syrah completes the package by contributing black fruit and a touch of pepper. The acidity and tannins are well balanced making this an ideal food wine.
Bright ruby in the glass. Fresh berry aromas layered with subtle spice and smoky notes. Light to medium bodied with young juicy berry flavours, fine integrated oak and smooth tannins. A beautifully balanced wine with a soft finish.
Brilliant ruby red in colour. The bouquet offers vibrant cherry and red fruit notes with just a hint of spice coming through. The structure of the wine supports the fruit-driven style and soft supple tannins make it approachable and ideal for early drinking.
The Lyeth Merlot is dark ruby in colour. It features aromas of dried red fruits and herbs that mingle nicely with the earthy notes of the forest floor and hints of wet stone. Medium-bodied, the front to mid palate has fresh summer strawberry flavours while the fine tannins are nicely integrated into the wine, making it approachable upon release.