2019 VDF 'La Rescapée'
*limited - only 60 bottles in Australia
100% Syrah from their tiny parcel of 80 year old vines, grown on rocky sandstone. This site is 350M above sea level. 10 days whole bunch, then aged in Tinaja and Demi-Muid for a year. Zero SO2. This label was also drawn by Patricia, and is of Rémi's hands. In sign language this expression means 'friend'. And the name La Rescapée means 'the survivor' - it's due to the fact that in the first year they made this wine there was very little fruit, as wild animals ate most of the grapes. And it nods to the fact that it is an old vineyard that is now the only one in the area - a survivor! Only 1,066 bottles made.
Darker red with purple tinges. Very expressive. Not so much olive and moss – more flowers and rock – lightly handled. The perfume is very elegant and lifted. Wild flowers. To taste it is clean, with dark berries and a touch of liquorice – all very lifted though – approachable. The fruit is concentrated, but it is also quite elegant to drink. Nice tart acidity on the smooth finish. Long. Young and fruity, with power. Good to drink now, but will no doubt age well. I like this as it’s not as overtly rocky and olive-y as some wines from the region – more restrained and gentle. Finesse. A touch more black olive starting to come through with time in the glass. The perfume of wild flowers also opens up and reaches new heights. A more serious wine made for a hearty meal.