2021 Sicamor: ‘Textbook northern Rhône Syrah’ – Jeb Dunnuck

2021 Sicamor

‘Textbook northern Rhône Syrah’ – Jeb Dunnuck

The 2021 Sicamor from Crozes-Hermitage is our new favourite red wine for summer. From Northern Rhône heavyweight Michel Chapoutier, this 100% Syrah is biodynamically farmed and blends granitic and alluvial sites from the family’s holdings around Hermitage Hill. It’s an impressive, delicately fragrant Crozes, and a veritable return to the classics like 2014.

Only 12.5% alcohol, but nicely concentrated; this wine boasts pure red and black fruit, black spices, garrigue, notes of olives and violets, and stony, smooth tannins. ‘The style of 2021 is light, lean and fresh, with high acidity, low alcohol and strict tannin,’ explains Decanter. If you like the lightness of foot of Sons of Sugarland or Minimalist Wines, give the Sicamor a try.

2021 Sicamor: ‘Textbook northern Rhône Syrah’ – Jeb Dunnuck

Fully destemmed, the Syrah grapes ferment in concrete for 10 days and then stay on skins for 4-5 weeks. The wine is aged in older oak demi-muids (600-litre barrels) for 12 months and spends another 6 months in concrete.

‘It’s hard to overstate the importance of the historic Maison Chapoutier in the Northern Rhône valley and, to a great extent, in the south,’ wrote Josh Raynolds of Vinous. Michel Chapoutier, Auguste Clape and Jean-Paul Jamet have all been instrumental in moving the Northern Rhône from subsistence farming towards becoming one of the greatest wine regions in the world.

See all of their Rhône wines here.

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