E Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France, 2013
Waitrose/Majestic - £40
Tasting date - 27/01/2018
Appearance - Deep ruby
Nose intensity - Pronounced
Primary aroma - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and hint of black pepper
Secondary aroma - Toast, smoke, chocolate, coffee, clove, aniseed
Tertiary aroma - Cedar, dry leaves, forest floor, raisin
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - Medium plus
Tannin and nature - High, soft and smooth
Alcohol - Medium plus
Body - Full
Intensity - Pronounced
Primary flavours - Black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, black pepper
Secondary flavours - Toast, smoke, chocolate, coffee, clove, aniseed
Tertiary flavours - Cedar, dry leaves, forest floor, raisin
Finish - Long
Quality - Outstanding
Blind Tasting Logic
Quite a modern Cote-Rotie with plenty of new oak but may lack the distinct black pepper notes to automatically place it in its origin. If tasted alongside the previous Barossa Shiraz then it would have been easier to identify, also if it had been placed alongside a Condrieu or a lighter St Joseph then logic should bring you to the right conclusion.
One note is how to tell this apart from Cabernet Sauvignon; the softness of the tannin and the slightly weightier feel in the mouth should place closer to Shiraz. There is also no green pepper or minty notes you could expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon.
You could not realistically be expected to pull this wine apart from a Cornas or a Hermitage but if you wanted to then a Cornas should be slightly heavier with more alcohol, the tannins of the Hermitage are usually a little bit firmer and the flavours tend towards the savoury rather than super ripe.