Winemaker's Notes

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.

91

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.

John Schreiner

90

This could very easily be syrah from the Rhône Valley. It has a lovely, floral, blackberry, licorice and peppery nose buffed with some new oak vanilla and smoke. It’s medium-full bodied, smooth and a touch sweet but in-filled with great black licorice and ripe blackberry. The finish trails some minerality and sage, hitting excellent length. Best 2013 to 2018.

David Lawrason

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