In the world of music, Fender guitars have earned global acclaim for their superb quality and iconic design. Their Stratocaster model is one of the most copied and recognisable instruments, and it has been held by the legendary hands of Eric Clapton, Billy Corgan and Jimi Hendrix. As you can imagine, it’s not precisely a bargain but connoisseurs will still invest in one, just as oenophiles will splurge on a refined bottle of wine from the prestigious AOC regions within the Rhone Valley.
And just like Fender has a range named Squire, which offers more affordable versions of its famous instruments, in the vicinity of the Rhone you’ll find regions that offer amazing value at a fraction of the price you’ll see in the star appellations.
Cave Saint-Desirat Syrah 2015 is a Vin de Pays d’Ardèche, an IGP located in the Northern Rhone, an area where renowned AOCs like Saint Joseph and Cornas also have their precious fruit. This 100% Syrah is, in a way, the more modest but respectable Squire guitar to their luxurious Fenders, as its made in the same style and with fruit coming from Saint Joseph by winemaker Jean-Luc Chaléat, who has earned praise for the wines he creates in the distinguished appellation.
Restrained and poised, it’s bright and youthful ruby colour is intense and so are its aromas of blackberries, pepper and bramble bushes. On the palate, a tame 12% ABV matches an equally mellow tannin and the acidity of juicy cranberries.
It is light bodied and with just the slightest rustic edge, and its pleasant flavours of ripe cherries, blackberries and herbs feel fresh and pure.
A peppery finish gives the characteristic Syrah pizazz.
Cave Saint-Desirat Syrah 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €9.95 (on offer from €14.45).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.