This producer is I fear defunct. Rather a sad outcome as I reckon they made some nice wines, not for everyone, but a bit more than interesting and rather enjoyable.
|The pliers add to the rustic nature of the photo, |
just like my messy kitchen.
A bit of an old world pretender, I'd be intrigued to see this next to a couple of examples from the Rhone. Overall this is tight, but opens with a bit of time, it may also be a bit over age, but again this is gracefully so and I really like the faded primary characters yielding to other funk and complexity. Like many good wines, the fruit comes up once the bottle is open for a little while. The other point to mention is the deft handling of the Viognier, some of the previous editions of the wine have used Marsanne to the same end; the element to like here is that it is intergrated with such class. The only hint to it's presence is the slight floral edge and ephemeral dried apricot note. So many of these wines are so overladen with the viognier that they taste like apricots and flowers, which if the shiraz is good does not compliment, but rather overtakes. As they say less is more right?