Guy Farge Terroir de Granit Saint Joseph 2018
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
The Northern Rhône is arguably where syrah reaches its fullest potential. The wines are both powerful and perfumed, commanding and charming, rich and silky. This granite-grown drop shows that classic sweet/savoury character beautifully. Deliciously ripe, dark fruit is pitted against black olive, cocoa, balsamic, and lashings of black pepper. The tannins are both fine and spicy, making each mouthful a lively experience. Matured in the traditional way, in the large-format, old oak foudre, there’s basically no decoration to speak of. It’s naturally powerful and unadorned, allowing excellent fruit and ideal climate do the talking. Cellar this beast for a long time.
“The 2018 Saint Joseph Terroir De Granit was not destemmed and will spend a year in 400-liter used barrels. It's another exotic, juicy wine from Farge that has bright blueberry, mulberry, and boysenberry fruits, lots of spring flower and minty notes, medium body, a rounded, pure texture, and terrific balance. It's slightly more rounded and approachable than the Passion de Terrasses yet is in the same ballpark.”
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The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!