Four years ago this month, I graduated with the WSET Diploma – a credential anyone who works in wine and spirits will know is that difficult. Drinking lots of interesting things to support my wine studies and habit has never been a problem. Finding time to record and write about them has.
But last month, I retired from my day job. So, now I have time and wine.
It still feels a little like an endless holiday. But so far, I can confirm retirement is the best job I’ve ever had.
In celebration, while in the US, I bought this and opened it in February 2019 at 5 1/2 years old.
Deep garnet on the eyes, this 92% Syrah has a nose elevated with great fruit – blackberry and cassis – alongside purple flowers, light peppermint, pine tips and cured meat.
The palate is developed with layers of blackberry, salami, black olive, cedar, pine, and mint leaves. Not boozy in the slightest despite the 14.5% abv, it’s absolutely ethereal for a red wine and enjoys a lengthy finish. The 8% Viognier adds fruit and sets the Syrah to perfection.
And yes, the wine was much better and significantly more complex than the book.