After missing a few vintages, our famed Syrah is back. This vintage of Syrah has aromas of black currant, black pepper, liquorice and clove. The palate has a backbone of blackberry, complimented by truffle and earthy notes. The wine saw 24 months of barrel ageing in 50% new French and American barriques with 1 puncheon that helped temper the fruit. Pair with roasted Prime Rib.
This wine was made with fruit from the Silvery Barrel Vineyard overlooking Skaha Lake. The Silver Barrel Vineyard is situated on the east side of the valley, facing west. Its rocky soils lend to complexity and minerality to the wine. The soils also help the fruit ripen fully by maintaining warmth throughout the cool nights of Autumn. The proximity to the lake tempers the temperatures in the heat of the summer balancing the ripeness. A 15 day fermentation with pump overs and punchdowns 2 times a day allowed for balanced maceration.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with Spring commencing very quickly in the Valley. One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track. Many expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July & August were cooler than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain contributing to good vine growth. Mixed conditions in Autumn saw a fantastic warm & sunny September with only intermittent rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost incidents in the south of the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23 and brought in our last grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between harvesting reds and whites. Overall, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton & Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above their 23-day average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavorful fruit with balanced ripeness and nice phenolic development. A usual, but great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Harvest Brix: 23.4B average
Harvest Date: October 28, 2016
Vineyards: Silver Barrel Vineyard (Skaha Bench)
Technical data: pH 3.66 TA 6.0 g/L RS 2 g/L
Cases produced: 298