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Over the last few years, the South Okanagan has become recognized as a consistent producer of world-class, elegant and complex syrah. For the 2018 vintage we have brought back our Contraband Syrah, which is grown in a superior west-facing hillside block of the Bartsch Vineyard (The Hill). The Hill block has consistently, and reliably, produced beautifully ripened syrah, year after year.
The triumphant return of the Contraband Syrah beautifully showcases the excellence of the Bartsch Vineyard. This is a medium to full-bodied wine with a deep ruby colour in the glass. The nose is very rich, with savoury notes of raspberry, eucalyptus, cedar and truffle. The palate continues with richness, adding deep earthy notes, along with those of stewed blueberries, plum, espresso and sweet tobacco. The luscious midpalate is nicely balanced by lengthy acidity and well-integrated tannins. The finish rounds this wine out beautifully with roasted coffee and chocolate notes, inviting you in for another sip. Our 2018 Contraband Syrah drinks beautifully now but will continue to evolve nicely in the bottle if cellared over the next seven to ten years.
Awards & Ratings
- 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships, Gold