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2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette

Winemaker's Notes

Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with about 1% Roussanne. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar we kid around and call this wine a syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Wild mountain herbs and flowers mingle with pepper and spice. Red bramble fruits burst on the nose and on the palate. While 2015 is overall an early drinking vintage, this wine can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.

Pairings

Duck breast with pink peppercorn sauce. Steak Dianne with a flambe of crème de violette and cassis moutarde is a match made in heaven.

Region:South Okanagan
Soil Type:

various

Age of Vines:10-15 year old vines
Yield:3.35
Production:1293
Alcohol:13.8%
Aging:14 months in French oak barrels, 8% new, 5% second fill, balance in neutral barrels

90 points

Cuvée Violette is always about its florals and often that means violets. The wine is a selection of like minded fruit that is smooth and ready to drink. It’s co-fermented with 1 percent roussanne to add some texture and freshness. Winemaker Severine Pinte calls it LVP’a feminine/graceful syrah, referring to it as “a syrah for pinot noir lovers.” I like the gentle collision of floral roasted meats and cracked pepper with earthy, savoury blackberry fruit. You can drink this now with grilled meats or give three to five more years in bottle to reach its zenith. Impressive without overpowering the drinker.

Anthony Gismondi  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: May 2017

This is a lovely fresh pure syrah with lively aromas of blackberry and blueberry fruit with red grapefruit, basil and hints of black pepper. It is midweight and juicy with soft acidity and fine tannin. Very good to excellent length. Try with roast lamb.

Steve Thurlow  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: April 2017

91 points

This syrah impresses year after year. Although it’s not the “top” (most expensive) syrah cuvée from Le Vieux Pin, it tends to be my favourite for its beguiling floral perfume, juicy-fresh-sweet black berry flavour and herbal twang. The 2015 shows solid freshness equalled by ripeness, silky-refined tannins and solid length. A winning style to be sure.

John Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: April 2017

91 points

This is a lovely BC syrah made very much in a Rhone style with ripe dark fruit, dried smoked meat, pepper, capers and some minerality. It pours deep dark purple black. It’s quite full bodied, fairly firm but not austere, with excellent length. Great syrah character.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: May 2017

92 points

Cuvée Violette is composed of the same intensely floral-aromatic syrah and same scant one per cent roussanne folded in from three locales; Black Sage Bench, Osoyoos Lake District and Golden Mile Bench. Time in barrel (14 months) is consistent with previous incarnations but the number of new oak is down to eight per cent (from 15) in 2015. The floral component is lifted, elevated and prettier than before, more energy abounds from and then bounds off the palate. This is seamless juice with a braised pork belly note perfumed by exotica and even a slight bit of rubbery reduction. Though there is great tang and spice to taste it dissipates and leaves just fruit behind, namely umeboshi plum, followed by a finish of salt brine and a long, fine line. Drink 2018-2022.

Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: April 2017

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