Syrah 2015
Pentâge Winery
Region: Okanagan Valley

91-Wine Align, 90-Anthony Gismondi
Tasting Notes

Black cherry, cedar, red plum on the nose, with just the faintest whiff of black pepper. On the palate, the cherry is more red than black, along with tart raspberry, red currant and pipe tobacco. The balance is fantastic, with fine grained tannins and mouthwatering acidity. A truly elegant style of Syrah, hearkening back to Old World, but with New World sensibilities. Pair with rack of lamb, stuffed portobellos or grilled chicken.

Syrah is grown throughout the world, producing beautifully diverse and interesting wines. Syrah was found to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. The style and flavour profile of Syrah is greatly influenced by the climate in which the grapes are grown. Moderate climates, such as the northern Rhône Valley and parts of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington State, tend to produce medium- to full-bodied wines with medium to high levels of tannins and notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. In hot climates, Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of licorice, anise and earthy leather. BC has some stunning examples of Syrah, with the right combination of elevation, sunlight and cool evenings.

Skaha Bench is a mountainous subregion of the Okanagan Valley, in the heart of British Columbia. The days here can be extremely hot, which allows for full phenolic ripeness. The glacier-fed Skaha Lake forms a protective microclimate bubble during the cool evenings, which helps maintain the acidity necessary for balance. This region, near Penticton, is home to some of the most iconic wineries in Canada.

Vistaridge was the original estate vineyard. Set against the stunning backdrop of glacier-fed Skaha Lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the soil is a mix of loose sand, silt and stone-free glacial sediment. The vines are planted north to south to get the most of the midday sun, in the seldom-used Lyre trellising system. Dirty Dozen Vineyard, purchased in 2007, has a similar soil composition to Vistaridge, but is planted with the Geneva Double Curtain trellising system which allows for more sunlight to hit the grape clusters.

Fermented in 4 different batches, each one utilizing a different selected yeast strain. Each batch was fermented slowly with manual punchdowns before aging in a combination of 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, a third of which were new oak. The wines are blended and bottled, then left to rest for a few years before release.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: N/A

Classification: N/A

Orientation: North to south

Appellation: Skaha Bench

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Silt, sand and glacial sediment

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 14.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

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Other Practices: Sustainable