It is not always the “new world” that follows the old in wine. This wine from hilly and varied Corbières in the deep south of France in the Languedoc bears more than a passing resemblance to a South Australian red. It’s a blend of 45% syrah, 35% grenache and 20% carignan, the latter grape not frequently seen in Australia, and mostly not desired in France except as a blending grape. This wine is a deep intensity purple in the glass, and has medium intensity and developing aromatics of plum, smoke, prunes, graphite, stones and raisins. The palate is dry with medium acid, light tannins, a full body and flavours of plum, dark cherry, raisin and prune. The finish is medium. Overall, the wine’s a bit spiky and rough around the edges, but its edges wear off with time in the glass to reveal a perfectly acceptable wine for current drinking. Acceptable to Good
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Drink with: A bbq. Though not literally.
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