WINE OF THE WEEK: Hervé Souhaut Syrah 2014 - Ardèche, France

AVAILABLE: by the glass at Elizabeth St Friday lunchtime, and Fitzroy Friday/Saturday night.

I have long been in love with the wines of Hervé Souhaut. It was one of the wines we put on our first Baller list 4+ years in Fitzroy and has since been asleep in the cellar. 

Based in northern Ardèche in the Rhone Valley, France, this Syrah is made from Hervé’s own fruit and some of his neighbours. Grown in granite soils, Hervé works entirely on whole grape bunches and semi-carbonic maceration. His philosophy is to extract a delicate balance of tannins from the grapes, to make a wine with subtlety and finesse. This is in contrast to many of the famous wines of Northern Rhone that are made with more heavy extraction of tannin, where they are designed to be aged. Hervé prefers to make a wine that is drinkable right away and that’s what we love about this wine. It straddles a fine line between utterly gluggable and complex. Meaty, spicy, sappy and just delicious. It’s cold out, drink this. 

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Brad Guy