Domaine Gayda T’air D’oc Syrah 2009
Blue skies, dazzling sunlight, cypress, pine, and olive trees bowed by the force of the mistral wind, rocky terrain, and tiny villages with medieval towers – this is the South of France. Stretching along the Mediterranean coast between the Italian and the Spanish borders, this area is also an enormous viticultural zone, Languedoc-Roussillon alone representing a third of France’s total vineyard area.
Red wines account for nearly 90% of production. The hillsides have been planted with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, while mature vine Carignan has been nurtured to produce wine of greater character. These grape varieties, combined with increased investment and modern winemaking techniques, mean that Languedoc-Roussillon appellations now produce some of France’s most exciting wines – rich, characterful blends with the distinctive imprint of this region. It has become France’s answer to the New World.
There are several ways of spelling Syrah, including Sirah, Syra, and even Schiras. In Australia, it is known by the names of Shiraz, and Hermitage after the famous French vineyard.
Domaine Gayda T’air D’oc Syrah 2009, 13.5% alc, €12.99
Domaine Gayda has captured the spirit of the Languedoc in this wine. Using delimited fruit from the famous La Clape region, this displays a pure varietal character enhanced by judicious use of oak. Heady notes of blackcurrant, spice and violets lead to a smooth, yet brightly fruity palate.
If you like wines that have soft tannins and are fruity with subtle oak, are medium to full bodied, you will love this wine…Just Yummy…
and can be enjoyed solo or with turkey, chicken casserole, beef, pies, vegetarian chilli, spicy cheeses or pizza..
Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…
This Week’s Snippet of Info…
What is the difference between French Syrah and Australian Shiraz?
This is the same grape. French Syrah is deeply coloured and full bodied with flavours of black fruits, pepper and burnt rubber. Australian Shiraz is a riper and more intense style of wine, due to the warmer climate.
Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon
And good independent Off Licences