2017 Hervé Souhaut 'Syrah'
The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Hervé Souhaut. His holdings on the acidic granite soils of the northern Rhône and the southern Ardèche are a mixture of new and ancient vines — from 50 to 100 years old. Hervé's holdings are minuscule, only five hectares and he employs only organic viticulture and natural winemaking techniques. This domaine is one of the most respected producers of wine in the area.
The Vin de Pays 'Syrah' grapes come from a tiny parcel of land along the slopes of the Doux River and the vines are on average 40 years old. Cool climate Syrah tends to have very dynamic aromatics and this beauty has one of the most expansive and pretty profiles I have experienced. Violets, gentle smoke, black cherry, flowers and wet stone all interplay nicely as they billow out of the glass. The palate echoes the aroma however deep black cherry, cool plum and fresh strawberry flavours dominate. The tannins that gradually frame the finish are in the featherweight division and only serve to highlight the vibrant components of this lithe, fresh and captivating 2017 Hervé Souhaut 'Syrah'. It is always eagerly sought out by Winemakers as it is so different to what we produce.
– Hervé Souhaut's Australian Importer, Andrew Guard