Funky, wet woollen nose with a slight reduction, not so much peppery as cheesy. More peppery to taste with juicy dark red fruit and a chalky finale. Very characterful and needing time to open, develop and rejoice. And as it begins to do so, it does so in regaling fashion, with open brightness, persistence and a salty, fine-grained finish. Drink 2020-2025. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019.
This continues to be one of the better value syrah’s of the Okanagan, especially for those who like the northern Rhone styling – with ample pepper, smoked meat, roasted herbs and that core dark cherry fruit. It rings with authenticity. And although youthful and tight now it carries this solid acid-mineral core, with tannins in low brush. Not the richest syrah out of BC, but nicely focused in a leaner, linear style, and a bit greener in this vintage. The length is excellent. Best 2020 to 2026.