Origin: 4 ha of south/southeast facing vines on the north of AOP. “Madinière” is not the district but the name of the stream at the foot of the hill.
Soil: schists typical of the north of this AOC area.
Grape Variety: Syrah
High-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectare). No insecticides few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation.
Vinication: the grapes are hand-picked; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Fermented in open, temperature controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques with native yeasts.
Maturing: 18 months in barriques.
Style: a pleasant, moreish nose of dark fruits, roasted notes and menthol to nish. On the palate, harmonious and juicy. Fresh, sprightly nish. Subtle, silky tannins.
Ageing: drink for the primary aromas during the rst 5 years, or for the secondary aromas up to 10 years and more.
Food matching: red meats (e.g. shepherd’s pie with duck cont, Jerusalem artichoke and true).