Wine from the Rhone Valley benefits from the Mediterranean climate in the region. It is in the south-east of France and follows the course of the river for nearly 150 miles, travelling from Lyon to the Bouches-du-Rhone at the Mediterranean Coast. The length of the valley means vines produced are widely varied in flavour and style.
The north and south sections of the valley produce hugely different types of wine. The northern sections of the valley focus closely on Syrah for red wine and Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne for whites and are known for working in smaller, quality driven processes. The south of the Rhone is much more prolific in its production and has a much longer list of varietals at its disposal with Grenache and Mourvedre amongst the most popular. When combined with Syrah these two varietals are blended to create the GSM blend which the southern Rhone region is known for.
Lively and zippy on the nose, the white and yellow grapefruit inflected nose of this wine sports loads of cracked white pepper. Moderately viscous and pleasantly creamy on the attack, it has structure, vigour and vitality. The mouthfeel is tactile in its vibrancy and the medium-length finish is pithy.
Powerful and pure wine. Complex nose composed of the typical aromas from the grape variety. (Apricot, violet) interlaid with mineral aromas from the terroir and the roasted ones from the maturing. Straight and slim on the palate with a velvety touch. Few sweet spices at the final.
A beautiful example of this small but very distinctive appellation. The nose is laden with pear, peach and grape with hints of parsley and herbs. The palate is creamy and rich, full of stone fruits and notes of licorice. The acidity is zippy & the finish incredibly long & memorable.