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2008 Équinoxe Syrah

Winemaker's Notes

Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal old world, equal new world.

A wow wine. One with that X factor. Single vineyard Syrah fermented with few percent viognier grown on the
Golden Mile, has resulted in a wine that is very perfume-y and intensely aromatic.

Pink and white peppercorn, lilacs along with red licorice and game greet you on the nose. The flavors on the palate
are slightly spicy and build up gently to astoundingly harmonious and polite finish. In one word: finessed.

Everything is in perfect harmony.


Cassoulet and other southern French dishes will pair amazingly well with this wine.

Region:Golden Mile, Oliver, South Okanagan
Soil Type:

Gravel, Shale, Clay

Age of Vines:3 years
Yield:2.1 tons per acre
Production:70 cases
Aging:18 months in French Oak, 50% New

91+ points

The new “Équinoxe” line of wines replaces the “Reserve” level as the top-tier wines for Le Vieux Pin. The name is in recognition of their successful 2007 Équinoxe Cabernet Franc which blew away critics and the lucky wine club members who managed to get a hold of a bottle. The winery selected 3 barrels as the best of the best for their 2008 Syrah and deemed it worthy of the Équinoxe name. Only 70 cases have been produced and no release date is yet listed but expect a fall 2011 launch.

At the time of our tasting the wine was showing signs of being in an awkward stage that many wines go through upon being bottled before they are ready for release. Tasting past the closed palate, the wine offers massive complexity and major red fruit characters and suggests a bright future with sultry white pepper and oak notes. Drink 2012-2018.

Liam Carrier  |  Iconwines.ca  |  Tasted: March 10th, 2011


dark, meaty red wine with aromas and flavours of plums, black cherries and white peppers. The finish is very long and satisfying.

John Schreiner

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