2012 Syrah

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2012 Syrah

"Involved aromas of espresso roast, exotic spice, roasted herbs and rich, ripe dark cherry/berry fruit jump from the glass. This coats the palate with a seamless gusher of gorgeous flavour—black currant and sweet ripe mulberry mingling with wisps of cassis and bittersweet chocolate. It’s medium-plus bodied with persistent purity of fruit, über creamy-smooth texture and a complex, lingering aftertaste. This is balanced, structured and oozing with charisma and appeal."****1/2 (Vic Harradine, Wine Current)

"From vineyards on St. Davids Bench, this was aged in French and American barrels, a third of them new. It’s an impressive syrah that shows how the variety can perform in Ontario in favourable years. Look for ripe fruit with a little ripe-sweetness at the core and radiating layers of nuanced flavours. The acidity adds some juiciness to the attractive, slightly edgy texture, and the tannins are ripe, sleek, and quite supple. Drink it now and through to 2020."****1/2 (Rod Phillips, WinePointer)

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. VQA Niagara Penninsula.

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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. 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.