M. Chapoutier Les Incontournables Crozes-Hermitage and Luberon 2016

Here are two sound releases from M. Chapoutier, both from the 2016 vintage.  Luberon sits between the southern Rhône valley and Provence, whilst Crozes-Hermitage is in the northern Rhône and quite different in style.  The 2016 vintage appears sound in the northern Rhône and a great vintage in the southern Rhône.  I find Jancis Robinson’s […]

Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

Thousand Candles was launched in the Yarra Valley with a lot of hype, an on trend ethos of site expression, a stellar price ($100) and some gushing reviews.  I think some of those reviewers might be a bit embarrassed now.  2011 was the first vintage of Thousand Candles and it’s an unorthodox blend of 92% […]

Triennes Rosé IGP Méditérranée 2017

The number and variety of Provençal rosés available in Australia seems to be increasing.  This is the best I have tried recently.  A blend of cinsault, grenache, syrah and merlot, it is from the Méditérranée  IGP region, which includes the Provence wine region in southern France.  The label was founded by some serious names, the founder […]

Artea Alpes de Haute Provence Rosé 2016

This Provençal rose (from the Alpes de Haute Provence IGP in France) is so pale it almost resembles a white wine in colour.  Grape varieties are not specified.  However, this region is known for grenache, syrah and cinsault blends, so this is presumed.  Its aromatics remind of gentle florals.  The palate is flavoursome with nectarine […]

Riversdale Estate Tasmania Syrah Block 20 Musca 2015

This syrah from Riversdale Estate is from a different vintage (2015) and is quite different in style to their 2017 syrah reviewed here.  It opens to distinctive aromatics of brine, wet rosemary and sea salt.  The palate is wild, gamey and spicy.  Some length is there under the layers.  Light to medium bodied, this wine […]

Riversdale Estate Syrah Tasmania 2017

Riversdale Estate is in the warm (for Tasmania) Coal River Valley region.  Their 2017 syrah is pretty good.  As befits the climate, this syrah is northern Rhône like in terms of style rather than South Australian (think Saint Joseph) with aromas of red fruit, pepper, cloves, mineral and gravel.  The palate is medium bodied, with […]

Xavier Gérard Saint-Joseph Le Blanchard 2016

This is a deeply coloured syrah wine from Xavier Gérard in Saint-Joseph in the northern Rhône valley.  One sniff however and it is immediately a vin de terroir with its very distinctive aroma of rosemary and spice.  The palate is dry, full bodied and made in a ripe and approachable style with mid weight tannins.  Good […]

Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Vin de Pays d’Oc 2015

The picture shows the 2016 vintage.  The 2015 vintage is reviewed here. This is another interesting Vin de Pays d’Oc from the south of France.  Organically grown, it is a blend of 40% syrah, 40% grenache, 10% carignan and 10% mourvèdre sourced variously from Roussillon, Corbières and La Livinière and is a deep purple in […]

Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou Pays d’Oc 2014

A blend of syrah (60%), grenache (35%) and cinsault (5%), this is a moreish and enjoyable Vin de Pays d’Oc from the Languedoc region in the south of France. It’s a “vin biologique” too, i.e. organic. In the glass, it is fruity, yet also earthy and savoury. The palate is medium-full bodied, fruity and a […]

Gérard Bertrand Cote de Roses Rosé 2016

This is a moreish rosé from Gérard Bertrand from the Languedoc in the south of France. A typical and regional blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah, it has saline and spicy aromatics. The palate is medium-full bodied and has fresh acidity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $26. Source: Sample.