Red, Ready, but will keep

2016 St Joseph, La Dardouille, Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud

2016 St Joseph, La Dardouille, Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud

Red | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud | Code:  49608 | 2016 | Syrah/Shiraz | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol


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The Producer

Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud

Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud

Emmanuel Darnaud is one of the most likeable and enthusiastic vignerons in the northern Rhône. He is also fortunate enough to have Bernard Faurie, the legendary Hermitage producer, as a father-in-law.

Based in Pont De L’Isère, in the south of the appellation, he has now accumulated 15 hectares, on what he identifies as six differing terroirs. The 6 parcels are vinified separately and allowed three different ageing regimes, in oak of three different sizes (hence the name of his top wine Les Trois Chenes). 

His powerful Crozes Hermitage are rich, relatively tannic and with good levels of balancing acidity, beguiling notes of tapenade and sweet blackberry. They are matured in 50% new oak casks.

Since his first vintage in 2001, Darnaud has developed a style of brightly fruited Crozes wine with a seductive bouquet and almost ethereal scent that combines olives, violets and blackberries.

The Grape



A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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