“The Latest Syrahs and Aromatic Whites from Le Vieux Pin
I love Syrahs. They stand on their own two feet. No need for blending with other grapes. I enjoy their ruby colour in the glass; their aromas, especially blueberries; their full body, red/black berry flavours and sometimes white pepper that plays on your palate. BC can make some very good Syrahs. Located in the South Okanagan, one of the wineries which I think fit in that category is Le Vieux Pin. They take their inspiration from the French wine tradition, the Rhone Valley in particular, producing Syrahs and some aromatic whites using Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes. I was privileged to receive the latest Syrah and aromatic white releases from Le Vieux Pin to taste and tell you about.
I received two Syrahs from the 2011 vintage. 2011 was overall cool growing season that did warm up towards harvest. The grapes did achieve full phenolic ripeness but had low sugar levels. I have tried some other 2011 wines from other BC wineries and even though it was a cool season, the wines were very balanced and had good fruit flavour. I also received two bottles of white wines from the 2012 vintage. Both wines are blends of various aromatic white varieties.
My Wine Notes
My Previous Year’s Reviews
In case you wanted to read about the previous vintage and my tasting notes, I have provided this link:
Where to Buy?
These wines can be purchased through the Le Vieux Pin website, and through some private wine shops in BC. A few of these shops include:
~Karl from My Wine Pal, April 12th, 2014