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2020 Exploration Syrah ‘Sans Sulphites’, Cave de Tain, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes (Natural)

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From Syrah experts Cave de Tain, whose vineyard and winemaking practices easily lend themselves to making a low sulphites wine, comes this IGP Syrah to complement their Crozes-Hermitage Sans Sulfites.

For Cave de Tain making a ‘Sans Sulfites’ Syrah isn’t just an experiment or attempt to keep up with trends; it is the epitomy of Tain’s philosophy. Syrah, a variety in which Cave de Tain excel, is sourced from vineyards in the hills (collines) of the northern Rhône. All growers practice reasoned (or even organic) viticulture as part of the strict sustainable practices laid down by the Vignerons en Development Durable (VDD), which Cave de Tain have followed since 2007. Vine health is paramount with practices such as ‘epillonnage’ (removing secondary shoots to aerate the grapes, increasing the vines restistance to humidity without the use of treatments) regularly monitored in each plot. All vineyards are within 15km of the cellar, meaning the grape harvest is delivered quickly and in prime condition, negating the need to add sulphur. In the winery (which benefitted from considerable investment in 2014) hygiene control measures are impeccable, another key factor in making a wine ‘sans sulphites’.

This has the intense dark berry fruit of the balanced 2020 vintage with smooth tannins but still the edge and freshness of proper northern Rhône Syrah. Good as an aperitif, grilled meats or duck terrine. Try with Saint-Marcellin and Picodon cheeses.

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