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This vintage is very characteristic of a cool-climate, Northern Rhone style red with more delicate yet balanced flavours. Elegant on the nose with aromas of blackberry, dark plum, violets and a touch of clove spice. On the palate, dark fruit flavours of blackberry are complimented with a hint of smoke and white pepper. Balanced acidity with medium weight will make this wine a very food friendly choice.
At the very beginning of Michael Kacaba’s winery project, he knew that the Kacaba Vineyard property was capable of producing award winning Syrah. In fact, Michael Kacaba was so confident that he flew to California to purchase vines to plant on his estate. This was the first planting of Syrah in Ontario defying the critics who stated “this varietal will never ripen nor survive our cold winters”. Syrah in Niagara, exhibits a rich character and is reminiscent of the original wines produced in the Northern Rhone Valley in France.
All fruit for this wine was hand harvested from the two separate blocks assuring only the best quality. The fruit was gently de-stemmed and transferred to stainless steel tanks for whole berry fermentation. Manual puchdowns and machine pumpovers were conducted two to three times daily. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to a combination of new and second fill French and American oak barrels. After twelve months of aging, the wine was racked and blended into stainless steel tanks. Finally the wine was bottled in March 2015.
Awards & Ratings
- Syrah du Monde 2017, Silver Medal
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal
- André Proulx, Wine Writer for Newstalk 1010
MWC 2014-12-17Wine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "The vineyards feature Ontario’s oldest Syrah plantings, which go into a number of bottlings of the grape,... More
MWCWine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "The vineyards feature Ontario’s oldest Syrah plantings, which go into a number of bottlings of the grape, including the 2011 Proprietor’s Select Syrah and the 2011 Terrace Vineyard Syrah. They’re wines that tip the hat to the best the Rhône Valley has to offer – earthy complexity and just the right balance of ripe fruit and herbal notes." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/winery-spotlight-kacaba/