2016 VDF 'CroiZADe'
Syrah from 40 year old vines and Duras from 10 year old vines, grown on clay and limestone soils. Hand harvested, short maceration, aged in tank. Zero SO2.
A touch of reduction when opening, so that the aromas are slightly blocked initially – but give it some air or time in the glass for them to reveal themselves. Then you have a mix of wild berries and earth, and a slight savoury edge. And it’s interesting to drink, in that’s it’s quite light and fresh in the mouth for a blend of these varieties. Very more-ish, very fresh, and very easy. The quality of fruit is excellent, the palate is clean, and the acidity is vibrant and nicely integrated. And the wine is very lively too, thanks to zero use of SO2. A great food wine for mid week.