La Voluta Canalette
Anna and Jean Benoit of La Voluta farm 6.5 hectares of vines in the arid hills of Roussillon, focussing on the hardy varieties such as Grenache and Carignan that have thrived in this dry, mountainous region for centuries. Viticulture is organic with no pesticides or herbicides used and minimal intervention in the cellar, so no fining, filtration or sulphur.
Canalette is Syrah from 2 distinct plots of vines at 300m above sea level, one with a lot of red clay and the other with lots of marl. Wonderfully vivd and pure with a heady mix of floral (violet and lavender) aromas as well as savoury game and black olives.