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2015 Parnasse Syrah

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Here we have a real juicy fruit Shiraz that will still leave you with change in your pocket. It's not a wine to contemplate the meaning of life over, but it does rate highly on the drinkability scale. Smells of sweet, ripe dark berries and red raspberries waft up the nose, along with hints of meaty savouriness and a smidgin of herbs. The palate is more medium-bodied, with sweet, almost confected berry flavours, with the meatiness punching through as a counterpoint, friendly tannins, and a kick of earth and pepper in the finish. Grilled lamb chops, here we come!

Winemaker's Notes

Sourcing: Parnasse is named after the mountain grass that flowers above our vineyards each spring, marking the beginning of a long, languid summer. Eric Moen weaves the character and strengths of a number of individual regions to create a wine style truly expressive of the south of France – beautifully ripe and expressive whilst softly structured and easy to appreciate.

Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool maceration (three weeks) with regular pump-overs to maximise retention of fruit colour and aroma. Maturation is partially in one and two year old oak barrels and partially in stainless steel tanks.

2015 Vintage: 2015 was an outstanding vintage in the south of France. Winter and spring were wet, giving excellent soil moisture levels before a hot, dry summer followed ensuring good growth and healthy vineyards. A moderate Autumn ensured steady ripening and cool nights courtesy of clear skies allowed the retention of freshness and natural acidity. The wines are fantastic with lovely aromatics, excellent depth of flavour and vibrant acidity.

Tasting Note: Lightly perfumed with aromas of dark berries, plum, sweet spice and hints of forest bramble. The palate is rich and supple with a core of ripe and naturally sweet berried fruit flavours. The fruit is framed by light spice and fine tannins before an impressively detailed finish.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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