LA PEIRA - LES OBRIERS DE LA PEIRA 2013 (13.5%) 750ML
Obriers is La Pèira’s third (or entry level) wine. It is made from two traditionally disprised grape varieties of Southern France: Cinsault and Carignan. That was the case when we start bottling the Cuvee, now they’re almost highly fashionable. The two stalwart varieties were used to make vin ordinaire (ordinary wine) that was a daily drink for many in the region and in France. Our wish from the start was to do something extraordinary with the two cepages by farming well and harvesting by hand. The plots that make up this wine are from the Estate’s Belle Fiolle (Bellefeuille) and Les Points lieu-dits.
After cold, damp start to the year, an Indian summer led to a late harvest with Syrah and the late-ripening Carignan and Mourvèdre faring particularly well. A delicacy and youthful feeling of the finesse of the 2012 – but with more the frame and body of 2011.
Blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan
Perfumed and complex, with plenty of sweet kirsch, exotic pepper, spices and leather-styled aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, lightly textured and elegant, with a seamless profile, it should easily be an outstanding example of this cuvee.
Drink nicely for 5-8 years.
Robert Parker 90 - 92 points