Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.0 % | PH: 3.96 | Titratable acidity: 7.12 g/L
Bottling Date: July 2009
This wine shows a dark plum core with a black cherry rim. It contains aromas of ripe black berries, along with plum and black pepper notes and a slight hint of vanilla and spice. The palate continues to show the plum and blackberry flavours along with smooth, elegant tannins and lively acidity. The wine has great length and balance and decanting would only increase your enjoyment.
It was a summer of relative warmth that held through to August. Unusually cool and wet weather in late September and early October delayed the ripening of some red varietals. However, the quality of grapes grown was generally good for the Okanagan.
The grapes for this wine were harvested in October, 2007 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 was approximately 20 days and remained on skins until 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 bottling in July 2009.