Lunar Apoge Syrah is a stunningly simple but very attractive wine. Ripe, generous and upfront, but the wine is mellow and soft. It tastes of dark fruits, leather, and cured meats. If you look beyond the obvious, Lunar Apoge Syrah shows some floral notes, pepper, and red currant too. The grapes for Lunar Apoge Syrah are grown near Avignon but is classified as Vin de Pays as it is not from any of the major appellations of the Rhone Valley.
There is no need to age Lunar Apoge Syrah; it is ready to drink now. Lunar Apoge Syrah will pair well with BBQ meats, charcuterie or most roasts.
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Domaine des Carabiniers is a family-owned and run estate in the Rhone Valley. It is 50 hectare in some of the best appellations in the Southern Rhone. All the family vineyards are farmed using biodynamic practices. The Estate uses multiple brands to express different styles of wines.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker 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.
This is a step above Vin de Table. It has more restrictions in terms of yields and quality as compared to Vin De Table. It has the advantage of allowing growers to indicate where in France the wine is grown. There are some great wines labelled as Vin de Pays, but they are few and far between. Mostly they are simple, easy-drinking wines for every day. The plus side is they are priced accordingly and therefore friendly on the wallet. Generally, you would not age a Vin de Pays wine.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannin and flavour. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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