Ripe and rounded with plenty of sweet strawberries and other red fruits and a hint of spice. Drink with red meats; my bottle went down perfectly with grilled lamb chops.
The 2011 vintage of this wine was one of my favourite bottles of 2014. I loved the combination of elegance and rich fruit. The 2012 is equally as good and possibly even better. The Simone Joseph label was developed by Rhône specialist Simon Tyrrell, who, using his intimate knowledge of the region, either buys parcels of wine from individual growers, or personally puts together blends. This is made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.
Available from 64wine, Glasthule; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; The Drink Store, Manor St.; Cases, Galway; No1 Pery Square, Limerick.