A mere 250 cases (6 barrels) of Retouche is made in 2016. Retouche pays homage to the historical practice of “Hermitaging” wines in Bordeaux during the 1800’s. Winemakers in Bordeaux added Syrah (often from the famous vineyards in Hermitage) to their wines to add warmth, roundness and comfort-characters sometimes missing from the structured, powerful Merlot and Cabernet.
It would be incorrect to simply call Retouche a Cab/Merlot/Syrah (CMS as they call it in parts of the new world). Not just any Syrah would do. It had to be the right parcel added to our Bordeaux blend so it would sit invisibly behind the Cabernet/Merlot blend filling in the gaps. Think of Syrah acting as invisible marionette strings to bring cabernet to life. After all, it wasn’t until the late 1900s that the world learned about this fraudulent practice in Bordeaux.
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South Western French dishes are a natural fit with the slightly spicy flavours of the Pyrenees. Braised rabbit and prune, sweetbreads and Perigord black truffles are all lovely matches.
|Region:||Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos Lake district|
|Age of Vines:||8 to 31 years old; most in their late teens and early 20s|
|Yield:||Average of 4.6 tons/acre|
|Aging:||19 months in 100% French oak barrels, 0% new|
Youthful cassis and pepper. One for both Bordeaux and Rhone fans. Aging potential +
OZ Clarke | Decanter Magazine International Wine Challenge | Tasted: Fall 2020