Dense, deep purple in colour with aromas of dark fruit, black pepper, rosemary and toasted oak. Rich on the palate with ripe tannins, good acidity, and a long finish.
De-stemmed but minimally crushed, the grapes underwent a short cold-soak before undergoing a traditional red wine fermentation using both “rack & return” and pumpovers twice daily. The wine was drained and pressed using a traditional wooden basket press. Racked off coarse solids into barrel, the wine spent eighteen months in barrel without racking or stirring, and underwent a full malo-lactic fermentation. Select barrels were chosen for this wine through a series of blind tastings, then taken off their lees and allowed to integrate together for a short period before being bottled under premium natural cork.
Awards and Accolades
Silver Medal at 2012 Canadian Wine Awards
Bronze Medal at 2012 Intervin Wine Awards
89 points — "A serious Syrah, sourced from the Lowrey vineyard in St. Davids, with those deep, rich earthy aromas that’s big and beefy on the nose with dark fruits just beginning to emerge. It comes packed with a full range of flavours on the palate including roasted meats, white pepper, boysenberry, bramble, blueberry, cassis and peppery spices. Needs time to come together but it has the structure to last. Or drink now with lamb stew or charbroiled steaks." Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com
Cooperage: French and American oak barrels.
Harvest Date: October 15, 2010
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
4.0g/l (sugar code = 0)
Total Acidity: 5.7g/l
Drinking best between 2013 and 2017
December 1, 2012
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