Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Languedoc, France
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Jean-Claude Mas

This is a very inviting and approachable Syrah blended from three different terroirs of; Domaine de Nicole, the foothills of Montagne Noire and the Haute Vallée de l’Aude in the south of France. The wines personality and style has been crafted in a representative Languedoc expression of Syrah. Owner and chief winemaker Jean-Claude Mas has made a vibrant red wine from these 3 different estates, produced separately before blending. Each vintage keeping the percentages of each different parcel to themselves - as his own little secret.

 

Even though this wine is only officially classified as a ‘Vin de Pays d’Oc’ wine - the parcels of fruit are sourced from 30 - 47 years old vines. These carefully tendered vines are grown in varied soils from limestone with gravels to be found in one site, clay and chalk with schist at another and silicon and clay-chalky soils in the third site. When ripe the selected fruit was machined harvested at night in cooler temperatures to retain bright varietal characters and flavour.
After harvesting the grapes were brought into the winery and cooled to 12°C to undergo a cold pre-fermentation maceration for about 4 days. Then fermentation was initiated at 28°C on the first day and then reduced to 25°C for the next 4 days. After fermentation, maceration took 6 days with daily pumping over of the cap.
The wine was then very gently pressed with the first pressings being blended; only the free run juice was used in the blend. Before malolactic fermentation 45% of the wine was put in oak barrels. Then when the final blend was made 30% was aged in oak barrels, with Jean-Claude using 70% new American oak and 30% new French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for 5 months in barrels with the wine being racked only once.
In the glass you have a deep purple colour with a garnet red hue. On the nose the wine has hints of dried spice, blackcurrants and violet floral aromas finishing on toasted oak notes. On the palate the wine is full and rounded, with smooth velvet tannins. The wine has ripe plum fruit flavours on the middle palate, with liquorice and spicy notes complemented by an approachable mouth-feel, supple tannins and a lingering finish. Minimal decanting is required and best served at 16-17°C.

An approachable, ripe southern France Syrah.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age well for another 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with BBQ and grilled red meats, homemade meat pies, well seasoned sausages, pizzas and hard cheeses, enjoy.