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The family at Bordertown Vineyards has always felt that Syrah is one of the most promising grapes grown in the south Okanagan. This wine was fermented with care, gently made, and then ideally aged in a combination of new and seasoned American oak barrels. An intense nose of smoked meat, cracked pepper and black fruits lead the way to a palate that’s full of berry flavours and savoury notes.
Awards & Ratings
This wine was featured in May's Wine Club package.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 120
Appearance: Very dark red, purple towards center.
Nose: Violets, Balsamic reduction, roasted coffee beans, cardamom, purple fruit.
Palate: Rich and concentrated with plenty of purple berry fruit, earthiness, mocha characteristics, along with silky, polished tannins.
Quality: A very good, medium to full-bodied Okanagan Valley Syrah; should age a minimum of three to four years.
Food pairings: Lamb dishes, bangers & mash, charcuterie, oxtail soup, lentil shepherd’s pie, dark chocolate.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Could Syrah be the Next Big Thing in British Columbia? More and more people have been pondering this as the region’s natural acidity gives it a nice lift, mineral-rich soils bring complexity, and long, hot and sunny days during vintage bring fantastic concentration and purity of fruit. One might think of this Syrah as a fine balance of Old World and New World. The earthy characteristics and hints of baking spice lean more towards notable Syrahs of the Rhône Valley in France, where that concentrated purple fruit harkens to a more opulent Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in Australia. The best part is that it’s not France, nor is it Australian, but a distinctly British Columbian wine. Well done.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight