THE ADVOCATE 845
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
By Paul Daykin, Q.C., and Bruno De Vita, Q.C.*
SYRAH: THE NOBLE GRAPE OF THE RHÔNE
The 2012 Guigal Côte Rôtie “La Landonne” and the 2013 Penfolds Grange are
just two of thousands of wines currently available at our B.C. Liquor Stores.
If you are a wine drinker (which is very likely if you are reading this column),
these are wines you would most definitely want to drink. They are
also wines that you and the writers of this column will likely never consume
for the simple reason that they are priced at $469 and $999 respectively,
excluding taxes. We mention these particular wines because they
have several things in common. First, both were reviewed by prominent
wine guru Robert Parker and given a perfect score of 100, meaning that they
are not only wines of exceptional quality, but also wines that are worthy of
some reverence. Second, both are made from the grape varietal that is the
subject of this column, Syrah, or as it is called in Australia, Shiraz.
While we are not big fans of wine scoring, we do enjoy reading Parker’s
descriptions of the wines he reviews. In this case, they provide some hint
as to just how good Syrah wines can be. In describing the “La Landonne”,
Parker had this to say:
The utterly perfect 2012 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is the star of three single
vineyards in 2012. Possessing an off-the-charts sexiness in its layered,
concentrated and full-bodied style, it has a wealth of fruit, ripe tannin, a
stacked mid-palate and pedal-to-the-metal notes of black fruits, scorched
earth, caramelized meats and crushed rocks.
When a wine connoisseur such as Parker uses words like “off-the-charts
sexiness” and “pedal-to-the-metal”, you can be reasonably assured the wine
in question is pretty darn good. We look forward to the Daykin/De Vita PDG
scoring system. – Ed.
* Paul Daykin, Q.C., is a senior partner at Aaron Gordon Daykin & Nordlinger. Bruno De Vita, Q.C., is the managing partner
at Alexander Holburn. The two have been friends since the age of ten. Their wine journey began in Bruno’s dad’s cantina
in East Vancouver and continues to this day.