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 two different sub appellations 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.
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.
Centuries ago the black pepper spice trade launched voyages, wars and epic tales. Today we suggest trying a black pepper crusted New York Steak paired with the 2009 Syrah to fill the air with all that peppery goodness.
91 Points - "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 Points - "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