Syrah 2016

Released: August 2018

Bouquet: Vanilla, red berries, violets, and plum.
Palate: Red berries supported by a rich savoury mouthfeel.
Food Pairings: Duck confit, roasted leg of lamb, or hard, aged cheeses.


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Harvest Notes

The 2016 growing season jumped off to a fast start, and it was all the vineyard team could do to keep up with the rapidly growing vines. Thankfully, the season steadied with a cooler than usual July, which allowed for a longer hang time on the grapes to allow the flavours to develop while maintaining natural acidity in the fruit.


The grapes for the 2016 Syrah were sourced from the Lloyd (Syrah and Petit Verdot), House (Syrah), Redbrick Vineyards (Syrah), Crespo (Viognier), Suncrest (Viognier), and Parker (Roussanne) Vineyards. In the winery, all of the fruit was destemmed but not crushed, before being moved to a mix of open and closed-top tanks for a five day cold soak before fermentation kicked off. The Viognier, Roussanne, and Petit Verdot portions were co-fermented along with Syrah from the Lloyd Vineyard. During fermentation the juice was pumped-over or punched down two to three times daily, depending upon the needs of the tanks. Once maceration was complete, a portion of the free run wines were drained from each tank directly to barrel for malolactic fermentation, while the remainder was transferred to tank for MLF before being put down to barrel. The oak is a mix of 63% French and 37% American, with 22% of the oak being new. The wine was in barrel for 18 months before being racked to tank in preparation for bottling.

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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