Domaine de la Roche Paradis, St Joseph, Bergerie, 'Grey Wulff', Northern Rhône, France, 2019
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This wine is everything you want from the Northern Rhône. Loaded with smoky, meaty, black peppery goodness, this wine is classic. There is an amount of unexpected elegance - think floral, herbal flavours. The wine is 100% Syrah from 18 year old vines also from the lieu-dit of Les Vessettes on granite above the town of Chavanay. The wine was fermented with about 30% whole bunches to produce an elegant floral style of Syrah. Matured in older barriques for 12 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
This is #1 of our friends', Mayfly Wine Co.'s, limited 'Fly Series'. The wine is produced and bottled by their agency and labelled by Mayfly. Each wine in the series is labelled with a fishing fly, illustrated by Pete's (the owner) father-in-law.
Yann Menager has set out to farm in the way that previous generations did. The vineyards are tended organically, grapes hand harvested, ferments done naturally with indigenous yeasts using some whole bunch in the ferments. He farms not just grapes but also goats, sheep, chickens and vegetables which are used at his mothers table d’hote which is within walking distance of his families farm and hamlet where they live.