Syrah 2014

Released: March 2016

Bouquet: Blackberry & pepper. Palate: Blackberry, pepper, sweet oak and black currant with a spicy long finish. Food Pairings: Steak & roast.

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Harvest Notes

The 2014 vintage produced a lavish crop of remarkable quality. Our vineyard, which is situated above Skaha Lake on a westerly slope, is an optimal setting for fine wine production. Above average temperatures throughout the spring and summer months, coupled with cool nights, allowed the grapes to flourish throughout the growing season. Long sunny days provided ample opportunity for increased photosynthesis and Brix accumulation. Harvest in the Okanagan began a little early due to a beautiful warm fall, which has resulted in magnificent flavors and strong tannic structures in our wines.

Winemaking

The fruit came from our growers in Osoyoos and Oliver. They were harvested on three separate dates. The first pick of Osoyoos fruit was co-fermented with Viognier to stabilize colour and add aromatics. The other two fruit intakes were pure Syrah. These tanks were cold soaked for 3-5 days while the co-ferment tank was inoculated straight away. All tanks were fermented on untoasted French oak chips to increase wine structure. All three ferments were pressed off when dry, and racked into 225L oak barrels where they underwent malolactic fermentation and then aged in the same barrels for 13 months. We used a mix of French and American oak (40:60) with 20% of these barrels new oak. The wine was removed from barrel back into tank to undergo cold stabilization, filtering and final blending.

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Vintage Award Competition
2014 Gold BC Wine Awards 2016
2014 Silver All Canadian Wine Championships 2017
2014 Silver National Wine Awards of Canada 2017
2014 Silver Intervin International Wine Awards 2016
2013 Silver National Wine Awards of Canada 2015
2013 Silver BC Wine Awards 2015
2012 Honours Intervin International Wine Awards 2014
2012 Bronze BC Wine Awards 2014
2007 Bronze OWFS Fall 2009
2006 Gold All Canadian Wine Championships 2008
2006 Awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines 2008
2006 Bronze OWFS Fall 2008