2019 Syrah Cuvée Violette
Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with just under 1% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar we kid around and call this wine a syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Crunchy bramble fruit and purple flowers mingle with pepper and spice. Red bramble fruits burst on the nose and on the palate. This cuvée is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.
Crispy-Skin Duck Breast with a Lavender Honey Gastrique or Steak Dianne with a Flambé of Crème de Violette and Cassis Moutarde is a match made in heaven as well
Hearty, earthy and lightly herbal food with this one. Lentil Walnut Meatloaf with Burnt Onion Jus is definitely a winner.
|Age of Vines
|16 months in a mixture of concrete, French oak, and stainless steel tanks. 8% new oak.
Fruit lurks and the wine waits. Closed in such brooding youth. Darkening red fruit to purple and black. Quality tannins, sweet and high acid retention. Tang in spades, hearts and across palates. Wild ride, not the silkiest nor the most ethereal as far as syrah is concerned but do not judge less you be judged and here syrah perfume will emerge, emit and express. Be patient. Drink 2022-2026.
Michael Godel 91 Points
Bright crimson. Sophisticated, savoury and by no means unlike a norhtern Rhone wine. No sweetness and no oak in evidence. Immediately exciting with great nerve and balance. Long. Already enjoyable, but with the guts to develop.