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 Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in 3 different sub apellations in the South Okanagan Valley. Again fermented with a few percent Viognier the resulting effort is a very complex wine with deep well set colour. Despite the relative youth of the vines the resulting wine continues to surprise us and captivate our imagination from vineyard to bottle.
While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans more toward what you would expect from France – hence the name. The wine is nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn, game meat, a mlange of wild berries, bacon and smoke form the aromatic and flavour profiles of this wine.
Rosemary and thyme-braised lamb shoulder with roasted fingerling potatoes or anise-crusted vision loin with garlic mash are a couple of our favourites to pair this wine with.
Cauliflower steak with romesco sauce or a lentil shepherd’s pie will go a long way with this wine.
Made with fruit from three south Okanagan vineyards, this wine begins with an appealing red fruit aroma. On the palate, there are flavours of plum and black cherry with spice and white pepper on the finish. The tannins are round and ripe.