Parnasse Syrah 2016
21st December 2017
"Very dark, impenetrable black-hued ruby-red with purple hues, very youthful in appearance. The nose is full and up-front with bold aromas of ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit with fragrant and lifted notes of whole berry fermentation, unfolding plum fruit with boysenberry jam notes. Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and ripe fruit flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries with boysenberries, and plum jam indicating whole berry fermentation. The fruitiness is vibrant, and enlivened by light, ripe acidity. The wine flows along a supple palate with light tannin extraction, carrying with good energy to a light, lingering finish of raspberries, plum and jam. This is a richly sweet, up-front, boldly-fruited Syrah with flavours of dark raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries and plum jam notes on a supple palate. Match with pizza, pasta and barbecued fare over the next 3+ years. Named after the Parnassus mountain grass in Northern Europe. 100% Syrah from Nimes, Beziers and Aude Valley, vines 20 y.o. on average, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in seasoned oak and stainless-steel tanks."
Source: Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Nov 2017.