Bold, ripe, full of flavour. Dripping with red currants, white pepper and leather. The palate was big and earthy. To me this still tastes like it has more evolving to do. Drink from now but don’t be afraid to tuck it away for another 10-15 years. It went really well with spicy chorizo and fresh tomato with a spring of fresh oregano.
A classic producer and negociant family that makes some of the best wines of the Rhone from North to South. The Guigal family made their fame on the back of the much sought-after single vineyard Cote Rotie wines. Their access to great fruit from the best appellations and vineyards means their range is formidable and even their humble Cotes du Rhone is magnificent.
Rhone Valley – One of the great wine regions in the world. Situated along the Rhone river in South East France there is a distinct divide between the Syrah dominant North where the Mistral wind cools and regulates the temperature and the hot lands in the South where Grenache is at its peak. The region produces everything from easy going quaffers to wines that demand long term cellaring. Whites can be outstanding such as Viognier made in Condrieu and Rosé makes a fair impression too.
Hermitage – The hill of Hermitage may a well be the centre of the world for Shiraz lovers. Sure the Cote Rotie gets more attention. But the dense, dark, brooding and aromatic Shiraz from this hill that slow evolves to become a pretty, lifted, melange of fruits is well worth your time and patience.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
2009 – A very impressive vintage for the Rhone. Ripe, powerful and plush wines. Don’t be fooled by the upfront fruit, these wines will live for a long time.