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2009 Equinoxe Syrah

Winemaker's Notes

Equinoxe Syrah is available EXCLUSIVELY to Wine Society Members and those on our Email Wait List. Please email us if you would like to request an allocation.

Le Vieux Pin is very proud to announce that the 2009 Equinoxe Syrah was the top wine at the 2012 Judgement of Montreal.

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

In contrast with 2008, the 2009 vintage was hot from the get go and the sun shone until the early frost in the second week of October. The resulting wines show riper fruit, rounded acidity, slightly higher alcohol levels and other characteristics associated with a warm vintage.

The 2009 Equinoxe Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in two sub apellations within the South Okanagan Valley; both have predominantly sandy based soil.

In 2009 the Equinoxe Syrah perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world. The heat of the desert days give us lushness, exuberance and comfort; the cool desert nights give us balanced natural acidity and elegance. The combination lays the groundwork for a perfumed and aromatic wine. The wine’s hallmark explosive aromatics is a mélange of white, pink and black peppercorn aromas and unmistakable floral notes of roses and lilacs.

95 Points

This is a ripe red made from grapes grown around 1.5 tons an acre. It starts with an intriguing aroma of red liquorice, pepper and raw steak. On palate, there are generous flavours of plums, black cherries and red liquorice. The texture is full, rich and elegant.

John Schreiner

93 Points

This is terrific! One of those rich, molten syrahs that slips and slides its away from start to finish. The nose is a bit reserved but still shows lovely pepper, licorice/caraway, black olive/berry fruit and B.C. sage. It’s full bodied, very smooth and creamy without being soupy. Very clean lines here, with quite well integrated tannin and alcohol, although it should sit another couple of years to calm a touch of roasted coffee bean bitterness. The length is excellent. This wine is exquisite! Best 2014 to well beyond 2020.

David Lawrason

93 Points

Wow. First class syrah here, a big step up from the Le Vieux Pin’s already very good “regular” syrah. This has incredibly dense and complex flavours spanning the spectrum from smoke and tar to ripe but not jammy fruit, garrigue, liquorice, faded roses and violets, and top notch dark chocolate. The palate is really well balanced and poised, with terrific flavour intensity without excessive extraction, just well-managed tannins and juicy acidity, leading into a long, long finish. Absolutely terrific and highly inviting now, but likely best 2014-2020.

John Szabo, MS

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