Laurent Habrard Valérie Crozes-Hermitage Shiraz 2016
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
Each year, the top cuvée at Laurent Habrard is named after a person and in 2016 it was Valérie, Laurent’s consulting winemaker. You go girl! The wine is made from 100% syrah, from the world’s leading appellation for the grape (thought Côte Rotie and the Barossa may beg to differ). The nose is deep and complex, showing dark fruits, earthy notes and classic Crozes violets. It’s a powerful wine, but not too rich, with good energy and acid to lift up the palate. If you are a long time Crozes-devotee or die-hard shiraz lover - this wine is not to be missed.
Full price $100.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
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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!