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Brambly black fruits with a touch of toasty wood and sweet baking spices on the nose. The same characteristics reunite on the palate to give the impression of freshly baked blackberry pie. Medium integrated tannins and fresh acidity. A great pairing with lamb.
#1 Syrah - The Judgement of BC w/ Steven Spurrier Vancouver, BC 08/25/15
2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, Gold, North American Red - Regional Trophy
2015 Decanter Wine Awards - Commended
Awards & Ratings
'With a hat-tip to the Rhone Valley, the C.C. Jentsch delivers raucous Old World charm on the nose: black cherry, raspberry and vanilla notes are complemented by smoky, savoury and meaty aromas. It's a full-bodied, juicy syrah with a chewy texture for all the black/red fruit notes as well smoke, black tea and spice flavours on the medium-plus finish. A remarkable example of B.C. syrah — drink now or hold for 5-8 years."
- Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, WineAlign
- 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships, Gold
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Platinum Medal
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2016, Gold Medal
"Oh so beautifully nasty Syrah, spicy, saucy and wicked. Resin, somewhere between myrrh and mastic, redacts reductively and tension stretches the savoury aspects in all directions. Blood orange and anise blend into the aromatic grain, repeating again through flavour mettle. Fruit, acidity and tannin are interwoven, circulating and on edge, in pitch perfect darkness. Syrah in the big time with the stuffing to age. Drink 2016-2022. Tasted blind at WWAC15, August 2015." 91 Points
- Michael Godel, WineAlign
This was a featured wine from January's Premium Wine Club.
Name: 2013 Syrah
Winery: C.C. Jentsch Cellars
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Vineyard: Golden Mile Bench and Eugenio on Black Sage Bench
Cases Produced: 1,358
Appearance: Opaque, bright purple in colour.
Nose: Brambly black fruits, leathery, and earthy notes with a touch of toasty wood and sweet baking spices.
Palate: Very meaty, combined with blueberry, clove and pepper on the finish. Medium integrated tannins and fresh acidity.
Quality: Very good quality. The initial characteristics on the nose reunite on the palate to give the impression of freshly baked blackberry pie. Very reminiscent of Northern Rhône. Juicy and drinkable now, this wine will be in its prime in 2016 holding well until 2019.
Food pairings: Lamb with herbs and black olives, sweet sticky barbecue pork, grilled steak with peppercorn sauce, roasted game meats, and sautéed kale and green vegetables with savoury herbs.
Because of the hail, we could not keep the Viognier hanging on the vines until the Syrah was ready to be picked, so 2013’s Syrah does not include any Viognier. Our challenge for this harvest was to sort meticulously to deal with damaged fruit. With this accomplished, I could macerate the fruit, cold-soaking it for 7 days, then inoculate it with a yeast strain isolated from the Rhone valley. Fermentation lasted 13 days and a further 11 days of maceration took place before the free run wine was drained into barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in barrels for 6 months before racking and blending together.
- Amber Pratt