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Our Syrah is clone 7 on 3309 rootstock, producing fruit with great aromatic profile and elegant tannins. It was hand-picked in October, and hand-sorted in the vineyard to remove any damaged berries or non-grape material. Viognier was picked from an adjoining block and mixed with the syrah at the crush pad, where it was destemmed, and then partially crushed. The syrah and viognier must was allowed to slowly warm up, while cold soaking, allowing wild flora to start co-fermentation on the surface of the must. At 18 C, the must was inoculated and fermented between 26 and 28 C. Daily pump-overs allowed full development of the tannins. Before the ferment finished to dry, the young wine was transferred to 60% new French oak barrels where it aged a further 18 months.
Our 2018 Syrah is vibrant and youthful, with notes of white pepper and fresh thyme. Dried Okanagan cherry and warm balsamic flavours are followed by ripe medium tannins giving a lengthy finish. Enjoy now and for the next couple of decades.
The 2018 vintage was featured in February 2023's Wine Club package.
Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/L
Cases Produced: 263
Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark ruby colour.
Nose: Floral notes of violets, black cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, and black pepper.
Palate: Medium acid, medium+ tannin, medium body. Dark plum, black cherry, blackcurrant, black tea, a hint of earth, baking spice, and black pepper.
Quality: 90 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Decant well and enjoy now, or cellar through 2025.
Food Pairing: BLT burger, sticky pork spareribs, mushroom pot pie, filet mignon with black peppercorn sauce, and falafel with hummus.