Winemaker's Notes

2008 Syrah comprised of 4 clones and fermented with few percent viognier were mostly grown on the Black Sage Bench with little fruit blended from the Golden Mile. Resulting effort is a very complex wine. Even though the age of the vines are quite young, the resulting wine has surprised us and captivated us from vineyard to bottle.

Combining elements of both old world and new world, our Syrah is leaning more toward what you would expect from the old world hence the name. Nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn rubbed steak, game, mélange of wild berries, bacon and smoke make up the aromatics and flavour profile of this wine. Tasting mighty fine already, this wine should deliver loads of pleasure upon release in Spring of 2011.

Pairings

Black peppercorn crusted New York Steak helps to bring out more of the pepper nuances found in this wine.

Region:Golden Mile, Black Sage Bench
Soil Type:

Sand, Silt, Shale, Gravel

Age of Vines:3-4 years
Yield:3.1 tons per acre
Production:487 cases of 750ml, 30 cases of 375ml
Alcohol:13.9%
Aging:16 months in French Oak Barrels, 35% New

The transformation of Le Vieux Pin from serious Pinot Noir and severe Merlot producers to the more jovial “Rhone Valley homage” is complete with the release of this new Syrah. Not that the winery has lost its attention to detail and dedication to quality, but the new Rhone Valley inspired wines are certainly more approachable and fun.

This Syrah, from 3-4 year old vines, has 4% Viognier added during fermentation, in the form of pressed grape skins, to lift the aromatic qualities of the nose. Dark cherry, black pepper oil, oak and a touch of cola represent decent complexity in this inaugural vintage. But with such young vines, part of the critique will inevitably shift to the ethereal concept of future vintages – how will the vines evolve with age… is the site suited to Syrah? Based on the present, the future looks bright. Drink 2011-2015.

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

90

“[Made from fruit grown on the] Black Sage Road. It is a lovely wine, with sweet fruit on the palate – plum, black cherry and a touch of black pepper. It is appealingly full-bodied.”

John Schreiner

89-90

This Syrah, from 3-4 year old vines, has 4% Viognier added during fermentation, in the form of pressed grape skins, to lift the aromatic qualities of the nose. Dark cherry, black pepper oil, oak and a touch of cola represent decent complexity in his inaugural vintage. Drink 2011-2015.

Liam Carrier  |  Icon Wines

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