Easter and Syrah
Throughout the world the most popular Easter symbol is the lamb. In past centuries it was considered a lucky omen to meet a lamb, especially at Easter time. And in a few hundred years later, it is a common tradition to have a whole roasted lamb on the table of an Easter dinner. So while at it, why not pair your meal with a symbolic bottle of full-bodied, tannic and complex Syrah. Here are some of our recommendations:
Region: France, Rhone Valley
Retail Price: S$ 66.00
About the Wine: Bright violet. Penetrating, spice-tinged scents of fresh blackberry, licorice, smoky minerals and violet. Silky and lively on the palate; flavors of fresh dark berries and spicecake show a suave floral quality. Smooth, forward and appealingly sweet, with a fine dusting of closing tannins and very good, spicy persistence.
About the Winery: Alain Graillot has been producing wines reflecting his integrity and high standards since 1985. Born in the Northern Rhone, he left to pursue a career in business, but returned home to his dream of creating great wines. Without the opportunity of stepping into an existing family winery, Alain undertook formal studies in Burgundy while seeking the guidance and inspiration of the best of the new generation of winemakers including Jacques Seysses of Dominique Dujac. He has now some 15 ha in Crozes-Hermitage itself as well as 1 ha in St-Joseph. He matures his red wines in one year old french oak barrels from Burgundy.
Region: France, Rhone Valley
Retail Price: S$ 63.00
About the Wine: An open and pleasant wine. A charming red fruit nose with delicate floral notes. Supple, crispy and well-balanced on the palate. A lovely freshness which underline fine tannins.
About the Winery: “For three generations, wine has been part of my family history, on my mother’s and father’s sides. My paternal grandfather established the estate in 1920. By 1947, he was selling his wine in bottles. In 1960, my uncle Antoine Cuilleron became the estate manager. In 1987, when I took over running it, I decided to settle in Verlieu, my mother’s home village.
Without a rigorous approach, passion is not enough. And so I wanted to understand and control everything. To be sure my wines are totally home-made, I have rejected off-the-shelf ideas, refused to copy others. Since the start, I have personally monitored every stage of production, from vine-planting to wine-bottling. That’s the price you pay for quality.” – Yves Cuilleron
Winery Website – http://www.cuilleron.com/indexGB.htm
Region: Italy, Tuscany
Retail Price: S$99.00
About the Wine: The 2008 Syrah Collezione de Marchi ferments in steel and oak and aged in barrel for 18 months (30% is new oak and 5% is American wood). You get a great sense of the grape here with spice, ripe fruit, tobacco, crushed granite and toasted espresso bean. Toasted notes flow from the bouquet as well as Spanish cedar, ash and sticky tar. This is large-framed wine with dark extraction and soft tannins.
About the Winery: The estate has been run by Paolo De Marchi since 1976. Over the years, Paolo has become a leading expert on Sangiovese and travels across the world talking and teaching about this variety. Depite the time these committments demand, he continues to makes the wine at Isole and is now investing a huge amount of energy, with the help of his elder son, Luca, in the old family estate in Piemonte, Proprieta Sperino.
The Isole e Olena estate is located in the central part of Chianti Classico in the San Donato in Poggio region. It lies to the north of the town of Castellina in Chianti and to the south of the Pesa river. It stands at an altitude of 400 meters and receives approximately 900mm of rainfall annually. The soil is a mixture of rock, sandstone and clay which allows sufficient drainage in times of heavy rains and the retention of moisture in times of drought. The vineyards are on average of 16 years old with a portion being 40 years old.
Region: Australia, Margaret River
Retail Price: S$ 52.00
About the Wine: Deep purple/red. Aromas of mixed berries, freshly cracked pepper, spice, vanilla and cocoa bean. Ripe reds fruits, and lingering spice, soft, fine grained tannins, elegant structure with good length. Best paired with Char-grilled porterhouse streak served with a mustard butter sauce and seasonal vegetables.
About the Winery: A Margaret River Winery, rated 5 star by James Halliday. “Miles from nowhere” is all about a passion for winemaking; with this passion, the winery gathered little pockets of exceptional land and vineyards, scattered across the Margaret River region of Western Australia and based their winemaking on a property in Cowaramup. In their winemaking, they passionately crafted wine to bring some of the “terroir”, the relaxed time and space, and the “palate” of the region into the wine glass. The focus is to produce serious wine in a serious package, yet retain the essential ingredients of excitement, fun and enjoyment.
Winery Website – http://www.milesfromnowhere.com.au/
Region: Chile, Limari Valley
Retail Price: S$106.00
About the Wine: Deep red color, with violet hints. This elegant wine reminds us of cherries and blueberries, together with violets, black pepper, touches of smoke and has a spicy character. Full bodied and well balanced with intense fruit concentration. The tannins are velvety, subtle and mouth filling. The oak is perfectly integrated with the fruit giving the wine extra complexity and depth. Beautifully long and with a soft finish.
About the Winery:Tabalí was one of the first wineries to settle in the Limarí Valley. It´s one of the most promising valleys of the country and it´s located in the North of Chile. The proximity to the Atacama Desert and to the Pacific Ocean, as well as the presence of limestone soils, brings an exceptional and unique terroir, ideal for the production of high quality wines.
Winery Website – https://www.tabali.com/en/?login=ok