Varieties: Syrah, Viognier
Region: Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Our Syrah is crafted in the traditional Rhone style with a dose of Viognier added for enhancing aromatics and flavours. This vintage has deep aromas of ripe raspberry, blueberry, white pepper, and violet. An elegant palate follows with ripe fruit flavours of blackberry and blueberry, followed by earthy notes along with pepper, anise, and smoked meat. Pairs nicely with roasted leg of lamb or bison burgers. A subtle and complex wine that beautifully reflects the nuances of this noble grape varietal.
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; in fact, Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were the highest ever recorded in May. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; it was, in fact, the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure, making the 2016 vintage outstanding for both whites and reds.
Winemaking notes: The Syrah fruit for this vintage was sourced from our own estate along with premium vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos. The Viognier comes from our long time growers in Osoyoos. The grapes were handpicked and then destemmed and lightly crushed. In the traditional Rhone style, the varietals were co-fermented to maximize fruit intensity, following an extended maceration the wine completed malolactic fermentation. Barrel aged with 40% in new oak and 60% neutral barrels.
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