Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2016

NEW VINTAGE OF THIS GREAT WINE....reviews of previous vintage

“Well packaged. Impeccably well made. Organically grown. A blend of 50%syrah/shiraz with 50% grenache. Matured in two and three year old French oak.  I would call it bang on the money but it’s better than that. Polish, flavour, tannin, length – everything is in excellent order. Plums, sour cherries, smoky/chocolatey oak and dried herbs. It tastes both harmonious and delicious. Sure it will age but there is no reason to wait.” 93 points - Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

“Another more than handy import from Fourth Wave Wines. Half Grenache, half Syrah. Sweet raspberry over plums, tar, herbs and licorice. Spicy. Avoids any overt jaminess and is far from a heavy wine. Good interplay between sweet and savoury characters, finishing on the latter with grainy, perfunctory tannin…which does lack some finesse. Has quite enough carry though and that’s what gets it over the mark. 92 Points - Jeremy Pringle, www.winewilleatitself.com.au

WINE OF THE WEEK: “Cotes-du-Rhone red wines offer some of France’s best value for money, and few reinforce the fact as well as Les Courtilles. The bottle and label even make it look like something much more expensive. A blend of syrah and grenache in 50-50 proportions, it opens with inviting aromas of raspberries, blackberries, earth, meat stock and dry Provencale herbs. There’s excellent concentration in the mouth, lovely, honest, lingering flavours, and a perfectly poised structure of fine tannins underneath. A wine to buy by the case.” 92 Points - Ralph Kyte Powell ,The Age Epicure 25th February 2013