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Odfjell Armador 2007 Syrah

I recently wrote about the folks of DVine Wine and
Posted 26th September 2011        
     

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I recently wrote about the folks of DVine Wine and their organic and biodynamic wine selection. I’m not one who is too bothered by whether or not a wine proclaims itself to be either of those designations. I enjoy a wine if it’s well made, balanced and tastes good.

However, I do find that increasingly the wines that I enjoy the most are usually biodynamic and/or organic. Many producers in Europe have been making their wines for years biodynamically/organically but don’t feel the need to call that to attention. Case in point: many of the best producers in Burgundy are biodynamic but you won’t find that on their labels. I could give many other examples, but you get the idea.

The New World, not having such a long tradition of wine making as its European counterparts – and also because of sometimes questionable wine making and viticultural practices that have taken place – is the place where wineries are more eager to proclaim their credentials. This is not a bad thing in my view though; wouldn’t you rather have your wine made without all those nasty chemicals?

DVine Wine have some great wines from not only the Old World but also the New World. I tried a Chilean wine from the Maipo Valley that they had open at the Battersea Market the other day.

The 2007 Armador Syrah is a New World wine, big, jammy and toasty. Sniffing the wine, I was hit with the powerful aromas of boysenberry and licorice, a very fragrant wine, followed by toasty and smoky meats notes. On the palate, this is a big boy, full and juicy; this isn’t fruit-forward: it’s practically mugging your palate. Loads of ripe blueberries and cherries and again with the very pronounced toast and oak notes. I prefer wines that are a bit more subtle but a friend of mine who was with me, really enjoyed this wine. To each their own!

Retail £9.50.

     

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