Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.76 | Titratable acidity: 5.9 g/L
Bottling Date: June 2018
Cellaring: 5 + years
The wine starts with a delicate elegance and opens into a ripe and rich full bodied Syrah. The nose shows dark fruit, dried blueberry and damson plum mixed harmoniously with leather, clove, black pepper and cedar notes. The palate is intense with velvety tannins and more dark berry flavors. The finish is long with some peppery spice and a hint of dried wild sage that is typical from the region.
The Syrah grapes were harvested by hand from Burrowing Owl's Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos Lake Eva's vineyards on October 19th and 20th and 28th 2016. They were hand sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed before being gravity fed into the fermenting tanks. They were fermented with a splash of Viognier for 14 days under temperature control. The juice was then pressed off and moved into barrels to allow for the malolactic fermentation followed by ageing. It was aged for 16 months in a combination of barrels selected for their ability to underline the natural flavor profile of the wine. Racked off its lees several times during its ageing, the wine was bottled unfiltered.