South Okanagan Valley, Canada
I’ve been spending the last few days visiting family and found this Syrah to pair with our steak dinner last night. So much of the Okanagan wine doesn’t get proper ageing time because the production isn’t huge and most people won’t wait for their wine to mature. I was excited to find an Okanagan Syrah with a bit of bottle age to try out.
I was very impressed by this wine and it reminded me a lot of the Syrah style in the Northern Rhone. Medium ruby in colour, there was noticeable sediment in my glass, despite my best efforts at a decant. On the nose, there were lots of interesting secondary aromas. Anise, clove, licorice and spices were dominant. Despite the spicy aromas, the palate gave flavours of red fruits; plum, red current, cranberry and a bit of chocolate darkness on the finish. It is a medium bodied wine with medium acidity and medium tannin, which are smooth and subtle.
I thought this was a great example of quality Syrah that can be grown and produced to a high standard in BC. The climate is well suited to emulate the Northern Rhone – now I’ve got a craving to go out and find some Rhone and compare! This is a wine ready for drinking, but is probably suited to a few more years of age if you so choose.
$37 – Winery Direct (also available at private stores)