2018 Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille

Highly Rated
Full bodied and opulent, this Grenache blend from Gigondas perfectly captures the essence of the appellation.

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Spare a thought for Gigondas. In Australia, it's often either overlooked in favour of the more famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape or dismissed while we drink a Cotes-du-Rhone. But, as we drink more and more Grenache, we're starting to truly appreciate this cru.

This comes from a shaded vineyard which doesn't see direct sunlight until late morning. With slow ripening comes a richer, deeper and more nuanced flavour profile, which Santa Duc have taken full advantage of. There is plenty of power under the hood, but an essence of purity and finesse to its wild berries, dried herbs and leathery tannins. Utterly stunning.

The Clos Derrière Vieille was in a sorry state when it was acquired by the Gras family in 1994. Through the strength of conviction and hard labour, the terraces were restored and given new life.

The wines from this terroir have diaphanous aromas of bright fruit and delicate floral notes. They offer a mineral freshness and lacy tannins that bear witness to the high proportion of limestone present in the marl. An exquisite gustatory experience that offers a clear demonstration of the power of nature to link a wine to its place of origin.

96 Points - "This is very full-bodied and concentrated. A solid, hefty style, deep rooted and centred with orange peel, pomegranate and raspberry. It’s powerful and energetic with muscular tannins though still fresh. It will impress in time. Biodynamically-grown on calcareous marl from Cretaceous period, all destemmed, spends 18 months in recent 3,600l Stockinger barrels and 8,00l amphorae." Matt Walls

94 Points - "A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, all grown in a limestone-rich clos, the 2018 Gigondas Clos Derriere Vieille is floral and resinously herbal, with stemmy notes accenting mixed berries. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and ripe yet vibrant, with ample complexity allied to admirable acid-tannin balance. It should drink well for up to a decade." Joe Czerwinski

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