Bright and exuberant with a core of darker fruit alongside classic Syrah meatiness.
Domaine Gramenon employ organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards, with a strong non-interventionist stance in the cellars. The wines are a true embodiment of the family which produces them, Michèle Aubèry originally working as a nurse focusing on natural remedy and her late husband Philippe always seeking to test the boundaries imposed by French appellation law. Son Maxime François now continues this minimal intervention tradition, and the wines are incredibly pure. Sierra du Sud is 100% Syrah and is bright and exuberant with a core of darker fruit alongside classic Syrah meatiness. Fresh acidity and lovely tannin structure mean this will mature surely over the coming decade, although it’s drinking so well now.
Profile: Labelling a wine as Syrah or Shiraz used to be indicative of origin however now tends to refer to style. Wines labelled as Syrah will be in the classic French style, medium bodied, blue fruited and showing lovely peppery spice whereas Shiraz tends to be fuller in body, with riper red and black fruit character indicating a warmer climate - the Australian style. The variety responds very well to oak maturation, adding tannic structure to the fruity frame, allowing for extreme ageability. It is also a very good blending grape, adding richness, fruit and structure.
Classic Regions: Rhone Valley (France), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand)
Domaine Gramenon is the authentic embodiment of the philosophies that the Laurents espouse. They do not merely champion organic farming, but they incorporate the concept of sustainability into their daily lives by growing their own food and raising their own animals. That they take such gutsy risks as bottling old-vine fruit with so little sulphur, without fining or filtration, only demonstrates the lengths they will go to in order to highlight the freshness, purity, and intoxicating aromas of their small, rare production.