Two for Tuesday : Chenin Blanc
June 8, 2019

Syrah/Shiraz is widely grown throughout the world. Old world, new world, northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere. It reaches its pinnacle in northern Rhône but great examples can be found everywhere. Including the two examples I tasted tonight.

Wine number 1 is les Évangiles de Chateau Canet 2016 AOC Minervois. Made with old vine Syrah and 20% ancient vine Grenache from a single vineyard. @chateaucanet

Wine number 2 is Warwick Estate The Site Syrah 2016 Stellenbosch. 100% Syrah from a vineyard whose site was specifically chosen as a prime location to produce excellent Syrah. @warwickwineestate

Both are deep ruby with the Warwick showing singer slight thinning of the colour on the edges.

The Canet has pronounced aromas and flavours of plum, black pepper, dark cherry and cocoa. There are hints of tobacco.

The Warwick is a bit more fruit driven with black cherry, ripe currants, strawberry but with hints of green pepper and tobacco as well.

Both have high acidity and alcohol and medium plus body. The tannins are long and supple on both and thus bodes well for longer aging. Im glad I used my Coravin on these wines.

Both wines finish great with lingering acidity and tannins plus the dark cherry and tobacco.

Two outstanding wines from two important Opimian suppliers.

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