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Parnasse Pays d’Oc Syrah 2016

03 November,2017
Syrah wines are growing in popularity as more consumers discover the rich and distinctive dark raspberry and peppery flavours of the wines that are presented with greater depth than Pinot Noir, but not the firm tannins that the Bordeaux varieties can possess. The elegant New Zealand wines are a great complement to the fuller, riper and sweeter styles of Australian Shiraz. The more adventurous drinkers are branching out and exploring the wines of France. However many of the Rhone examples can be very expensive. Distributors Procure Liquor have brought in the Parnasse Syrah from southern France to enable keen wine palates to try French Syrah at a keen price. Here, I review the 2016 release, the sixth vintage to date. www.procureliquor.co.nz

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Parnasse Pays d’Oc Syrah 2016

Syrah from France – Other

17.5/20
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. Winemaker: Eric Moen. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $20.00
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