We love our classic French wines here at S&G, but we also love discovering new modern takes on the classics and Domaine Gayda is one of those vineyards. The winery is situated 30km from Carcassone in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by organic vineyards. It was built in 1749 as a staging post for travellers to rest their horses. The winery is now run by Tim Ford and Anthony Record with winemaker Vincent Chansault creating some of the most dynamic wines of the region, putting his experience in South Africa and his home region of the Loire into practise. While the winery is firmly rooted in tradition and ‘terroirs’, the winery itself is all about innovation. They forego the rigours of the appellation and bottle under IGP Pays d’Oc, allowing them the freedom to use grapes not commonly grown in the region such as Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.Details & Tasting Notes
Sticking to the more classic Southern French variety Syrah, this wine seeks to combine New World with Old breathing ‘New World spirit’ into the range. This wine is all about the fruit with a short maceration and ⅓ carbonic maceration (whole bunch fermentation) to preserve freshness. The wine is then left on the fine lees for 6 months to add complexity. The result is red fruit and hints of spice on the nose. Plenty of structure with soft tannins giving this medium bodied wine a classic Syrah palate.