Grapevine Archive for Syrah
FC19081 2009 Château Sainte Eulalie, Minervois (The Wine Society 01438 741177, £6.95) Terrific dry, spicy, plum and cherry-packed, 13 per cent alcohol, albino rabbit-eye pink. Also from the Languedoc, but this time the prime La Livinière hillside location. It is made predominantly from the syrah and cinsault grapes, topped up with a dollop of grenache and a dash of carignan.
SP5641 2009 Rioja Muga, Haro (The Wine Society, £7.75; Waitrose, £8.15; Majestic £8.99, or buy two for £7.99 each) Even Rioja has to evolve. Not so long ago I loathed the evil pinks that traditional Rioja produced, but this family-run winery has blended together red garnacha and tempranillo with white viura to create a pretty pale-rose pink ’09 whose fine, dry, spicy, peppery palate is a delight.
CE5401 2009 Leyda Pinot Noir Rosé Single Loica Vineyard, Viña Leyda (The Wine Society, £9.50; Great Western Wine, £9.95) Viña Leyda was one of the first to plant vines in the granite soil of the prime Leyda valley, whose rolling hillsides, only eight miles from the Pacific, are cooled by quality-enhancing sea breezes. Renowned for pinot noir, this starry, single-vineyard, rich crimson rosé bursts with racy, plummy, strawberry fruit.
Andrew Neather looks at Lebanese wines and says that:
In a Rhône style, the syrah based LE381 Château Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2007 is highly enjoyable, full of sweet, baked fruit underpinned with firm tannins.