Red Wine /// Syrah + // Southern Rhone / France
Having worked several vintages with the Les Deux Cols trio in the Rhone, Killian Horan (Le Charlatan) has learnt a thing or two about winemaking, evidenced by his first wine last year. It shook the Irish industry to it's core, exploding onto lists and shelves before vanishing quickly due to it's tiny production. If that was his Autumn and Winter release, this is his Spring and Summer release.
My first impression was that it was like a Syrah in Drag. Some of the colour, some of the varietal typicity, but with a huge sense of vibrancy, energy and personality - a hell of a lot more fun and head turning than a Syrah. It explodes onto the palate with Syrah character, but then you find it is bedazzled by Clairette Rose and Bourbelanc (that’s right - this Syrah is not blended with, but bedazzled by!). These two really get the party started - the pink grape Clairette gives the wine it’s flambouyancy, while the white Bourbelanc provides a acidic thunderbolt. It’s like there’s a session on the palate and everyone’s invited! It is acrobatic on the palate, with a buzzy prickly acidity and a spicy intensity. This is so throatable. STSWine