2013 Le Hameau des Ollieux “Lo Petit Fantet d’Hippolyte”. Corbieres, France. 14%

A blend of 80% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache.

Manual harvested. Full carbonic maceration.

Playful label designed by the owner’s daughter.

Le Hameau des Ollieux "Lo Petit Fantet d'Hippolyte" 1    Le Hameau des Ollieux "Lo Petit Fantet d'Hippolyte" 2

Fragrant nose of cherries, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Reminiscent of Christmas at home… eating cherries and smelling the children’s just constructed ginger bread houses.

Aromas flow through onto the palate nicely. Juicy cherries and cranberries, along with hints of porcini mushrooms and a touch of soy umami. Fine, moderate tannins. Hint of Angostura bitters on the back palate. Moderate length. Bright acids. Alcohol is integrated well. Touch of Pinotesque forest floor funk that adds interest. Juicy, bright, cuddly happy wine. Can you tell I’m a fan?

Would go perfectly with BBQ lamb chops, marinated in soy and rosemary.

Source : Sample from Airoldi Fine Wines. RRP $30

Tasted 27th December 2014.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.

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