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A big beefy wine. The Syrah takes on its characteristic savoury, earthy and spicy tones carried on a bed of ripe plummy fruit. Tannins are very firm.
Roasted, well-seasoned meats: pork, beef, lamb, poultry. Also: steaks and braised dishes, barbecues and lamb vindaloo. Semi-hard and hard cheeses like manchego.
Very tasty, very savoury foods on your fall harvest or seasonal celebratory table. The wilder the better!
Why we're drinking this
This was a fun wine to taste with the kwäf team. We’d never heard of this wine before, and only found out after the tasting that this winery in Southern France is owned and operated by Canadians. So first off, we’re drinking it because it’s good. But there are other reasons, like it being Syrah. For fall and winter, we think of Syrah for its deep black and red berry fruit and its spice and peppery qualities. It’s a warming, comforting wine. What’s really nice about this Syrah in particular is it’s lower alcohol: just 13%, which gives it a lighter, more nimble feel. It certainly makes it even better as a food wine (high alcohol kills the ability to taste).
Here’s a picture-perfect Syrah from Southern France, with requisite red and blue berries mingled with that Syrah savouriness we all know and love. Buoyed on a blanket of ripe, rich fruit, those expressions of earth, exotic spice and meatiness create a lovely balance. The acidity is bright, the tannins firm. It’s medium-full bodied, with plenty of concentration. Serve —maybe decant 30 minutes ahead of time — with rich fall harvest fare, from game meats to beefy stews.
Drink this: Now 2022.
Region: Cité de Carcassonne IGP
Production: 240 cases
Winery: Reine et Pape
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