Day 21 in lockdown

Lockdown has a lot to answer for, cycling into sunsets like these on Easter Monday in Martinborough, for instance.

Yesterday heralded a chill in the air here in New Zealand with plummeting temperatures and high winds, and four more deaths overnight to Covid-19 confirms an additional chilling detail, but fortunately today’s numbers of new confirmed cases are low, relatively speaking, at eight. Long may it remain that way. And long may we remain cautious about any notion of ‘getting back to normal’, which is not going to be quite as easy as it may once have been thought.

On a brighter note, here is my wine recommendation for today, for this week, or for any time you’re feeling like a happy place. Because Guigal’s Cote du Rhone definitely delivers, especially the new-ish 2016 vintage – one of the best years in many of our lifetimes in this well known wine region.

A cheeky little French red for… Day 21 in lockdown


2016 Guigal Cote du Rhone $25-ish

If you’re looking for a big, soft, wintery red, here it is.

It’s staggering to think that four million bottles of this wine are made each year, given the uniformly high quality of Guigal’s famous Cotes du Rhone. The 2016 is, arguably, the best yet and has been widely written about as the greatest year this century in the Southern Rhone, possibly of the past 100 years.

This is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre; average vine age 35 years, and the wine is aged for 18 months in large oak foudres in Ampuis in the northern Rhone.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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