Tasted Sunday, 04 Sept 2011. Both wines have been opened for 36 hours prior to tasting.
2009 Les Collines de Laure Syrah, Jean-Luc Colombo. Rhone Valley.
Cambridge Wine £9.99. B+(+)
A declassified Cornas. Nose has red berries, with some green leafy notes too; smells quite sweet actually.. On the palate, its soft and smooth, red cherries dominant throughout; really bright fruits to the fore, with nice vibrant acidity. The fact that its been open for two days has actually benefited this wine - I was told that it was rather tight and astringent when opened. Tannins really in the background and mellow. Would benefit from some bottle aging 3-5yrs.
2007 Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva. Elqui Valley, Chile.
Cambridge Wine £12.99. B+
On the nose, bags of sweet berries; some mint and green peppers showing; theres almost a burnt edge to it, smoky like; also plenty of oak on the nose; smells dense. Plenty of fruit on the palate, blackberries mostly; very extracted, with some bitter even tarry notes showing; woody and textured mouthfeel; heavy and lumbering. Needs more acidity for my liking, its a bit bogged down; big, no holds barred wine and plenty of fruit but maybe a bit too one dimensional?
The 2008 vintage of this wine won gold and a trophy at IWC 2011.