Alain Graillot Syrocco Zenata Syrah 2009

Yes, that’s right, Morocco.  The country in northern Africa.  I tasted the wine blind (a syrah), so I had no chance.  Zero.  Bright, ruby in colour with tears in the glass.  A medium intensity juby expression of jam, confectionary and apricots on the nose.  Rather like an entry level Crozes-Hermitage or even a Cotes du Rhone, perhaps no surprise given Alain Graillot is a producer from the Rhone Valley.  On the palate, medium to high acidity, red fruits, raspberries and dark cherries jostled for position.  There’s certainly some novelty in this wine.  In a bracket that promised a wine from each country of the same variety, the inclusion of this wine was mostly evil.  Is there a reason we don’t see too many wines from Morocco?  ‘fraid so on this wine.  No, actually, it’s not that bad, it’s just well, very very juby.  83 points.

Abv: 13%
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Tasted: October 2011

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