Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.5 % | PH: 3.72 | Titratable acidity: 7.4 g/L
Bottling Date: May 2008
The aroma of this wine is a very complex mixture including discernable notes of ripe black berries, plum, smokey bacon, vanilla, toast, black and white pepper. On the palate, the wine delivers huge mid-palate richness and tremendous length made possible by a big extraction of smooth, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. This is definitely a wine to put down for the medium term, but can be enjoyed in its youth after several hours in a decanter, and served with robust, hearty dishes such as leg of lamb, osso bucco, and strong cheeses.
The 2006 vintage was indeed one of the best vintages in the Okanagan. Near perfect growing conditions all season long, but especially in September and October, the key ripening months, gave wines with incredible richness and tannin structure.
The grapes for this wine were harvested in October, 2006 from the Burrowing Owl Estate vineyards. The fruit was destemmed and crushed into closed top stainless steel tanks and inoculated with our preferred yeast strains. The fermentations went for approximately 20 days on skins before the wine was pressed off and transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation (MLF). At the conclusion of MLF, the wine was racked off of its lees and transferred back into a mixture of French, American, and Russian oak (25% new oak) barrels where it was aged with occasional rackings until just before bottling on May, 2008. Unfiltered, unfined.