Wine Club Price $27.31
This unique blend is remarkably deep purple in colour. The nose presents with intense blackberry and plum aromas and an emphasis of white pepper. The viognier adds a distinctive floral note. The first sip brings juicy flavours of berries and cherries and unveils a violet nuance. The flavour is so delicious, it is best deScribed as black forest cake. A medium bodied wine with silky flavours that linger on the palate, and a finish that is long and smooth.
In 2012, the winter months of January and February were normal aside for a brief cold snap where, for a few days, temperatures dipped to - 17 °C. The spring months of March and April saw the season off to a slow start being two and a half weeks behind normal vineyard progress records. Prolonged coolness and low precipitation levels slowed bud break and bud development. May, June and early July had higher than average rainfall, with double precipitation levels in June, up to 80 mm, from norms of 35 mm. Summer was beautiful, mild and long. Temperatures hovered around 30°C and dry arid days created ideal conditions for vine and fruit growth. Late summer and fall months were long, warm and dry, bringing 6 weeks without rain. As a result, there was enhanced fruit ripening and phenolic development. Overall, 2012 was a fantastic growing season in our vineyards.
The grapes for this blend are harvested from both our Naramata and Osoyoos vineyards. Our syrah was hand picked at optimal ripeness and co-fermented with the viognier skins to follow the traditional Rhone method. The viognier juice was utilized to improve palate weight and balance. The blend was fermented at cooler temperatures than other reds to retain aromatics. The blended wine was then racked to French oak barrels for 12 months before bottle aging. Held in cellar for over 3 years and gracefully aged for the spring 2017 Wine Club release.
The Syrah Viognier 2012 has been cellar aged for your enjoyment now. Serve from the bottle, slightly cooler at about 14 degrees celsius to fully appreciate the aromatics and softness of the wine. Drink before 2018.