Generally speaking Southern France, particularly Pays d’Oc, can be a good region for inexpensive wine with quality a bit of a hit and miss but isn’t that the case for just about all wine regions?
The Gayda Syrah 2020 retails for $14.95 in Ontario. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s description in its April 16, 2022 catalogue says this wine is an astonishing value making it a can’t miss option. Forget the marketing hype and investigate on your own.
As for aromas the wine has a presence. Expect blackberry, black cherry and some spice. On the palate expect blackberry to rule hanging in there like a nearly expired monarch. The palate is coated pleasantly with richness that might be better defined but the sourness I am registering with so many red wines is thankfully not lurking in this wine. Short finish. Not a complex wine but there are no flaws. It can be quaffed on its own but as there is summer on my mind try with a Swedish Lindstrom burger.
RKS Wine Rating 88/100. If you are comfortable with a simple but well-made wine well then this is a “can’t miss option”.
(Gayda Syrah 2020, IGP Pays d’Oc, Domaine Gayda, Brugairolles, France, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 392977, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine Rating 88/100).