Very dark in colour with purplish tones, this wine opens with aromas of blueberry pie, black cherry, boysenberry and vanilla. There are notes of black pepper, violets, iodine and graphite. On the palate, this wine is a veritable symphony of black fruited splendor, interwoven with notes of vanilla and cream. These intense flavours are supported by a luscious, expansive mouthfeel, abundant rich tannins, and impeccable length and balance. The overall impression is of a seductive, silky, and utterly hedonistic wine that captivates your full attention and never lets it go.
The 2017 growing season was an interesting and highly unusual roller coaster ride! Higher than normal rainfall and an alarmingly cool spring gave way one of the warmest, driest summers in 40 years. Smoke from forest fires in other areas of the province reflected much of the heat away from the vines, resulting in high flavour intensity, moderate sugars, solid levels of acidity, which are the 3 attributes required for a great vintage! During harvest the grapes were sampled bi-weekly to measure flavour and tannin development. Each variety and parcel of fruit was picked at its optimal point of flavour development for the intended Syrah Malbec style: rich, ripe and complex. The grapes for the 2017 Syrah Malbec came exclusively from the Blind Creek Vineyard in the Similkameen valley.
78.5% Syrah, 21.5% Malbec
During vintage, the grapes for the 2017 Syrah Malbec were all carefully sorted, and destemmed without crushing into small open top vessels for true small lot fermentations. That caps were punched down by hand twice daily for about 8-10 days and the wine was then pressed off in our wooden basket press to commence the maturation process in French Oak barrels. The final blend was assembled, clarified, and bottled in May, 2019.
Food Pairing Notes
If you must pair it with food, we recommend grilled red meats, duck, pork, and game (preferably wrapped with bacon). Of course, it will always pair well with various cheeses and your plans to take over the world.