Wine Club Price $31.41
National Wine Awards of Canada 2015 - Gold
Pacific Rim Wine Awards - Silver
Decanter Wine Awards - Bronze
International Wine Challenge - Bronze
Deep ruby in colour. Aromas of cherry jam and nutmeg intertwined with a cranberry and dark chocolate essence. This first sip brings dark cherry with white pepper and blackberry with a hint of cinnamon. Soft, integrated tannins build on the Syrah’s classic meatiness and allows the wine to be a full-bodied, sultry expression of Okanagan Syrah.
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 Syrah grapes were hand picked and sorted in each of the two South Osoyoos Syrah vineyards. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The grapes were crushed and combined with a small amount of Viognier (4%) to follow the traditional Rhone method of co-fermentation. The must was cold soaked for four days allowing partial wild yeast fermentation to occur before the wine was inoculated with cultured yeasts. During fermentation, we pumped over twice per day to ensure even fermentation and gentle tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the winter and finished in late December. 30% of the 2012 Syrah was kept in new French oak barrels, while the remaining 70% was kept in one and two year old French oak barrels for 18 months. This wine was further developed in bottle for 18 months in the cellar prior to release.
The Syrah 2012 will develop for well over a decade. Ready to drink upon release. Drink 2015 – 2023.