2016 Syrah Cuvée Violette
Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with just over 2.5% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar, they kid around and call this wine a syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Crunchy bramble fruit and purpleflowers mingle with pepper and spice. Raspberries and wild berries burst on the nose and on the palate. While 2016 is overall a structured vintage, this Cuvée is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.
`Refined, crisp and pure Chardonnay with apple fruit characters and lovely fresh, cleansing acidity. There is a nutty flavour alongside the buttery, creamy oak and a light coating of honey. Drink 2018-2022.` 93 points, Decanter panel (Oz Clarke - 94pts, Christelle Guibert - 92pts, Andy Howard MW - 92pts, January 2018, decanter.com
`Dark lustrous crimson. Proper ripe Syrah nose with beautifully polished tannins. Quite impressive. 14.4% - Drink 2019-2024` 16.5 pts, Jancis Robinson, 30 May 2019