The late spring and delayed bud burst notwithstanding, a dry June, steady summer warmth and picture-perfect autumn weather made for an early harvest of exceptional quality. The hottest August and September on record were counterbalanced by an unprecedented Arctic outflow on Thanksgiving, which brought vintage 2009 to a swift conclusion requiring patience, steadfastness and resourcefulness from our picking crews. Nonetheless, all of the top estate vineyards achieved physiological ripeness. New state-of-the-art receiving facilities enabled all varieties to be harvested with careful efficiency at optimum ripeness. Overall, the 2009 wines show great promise with excellent flavour profiles and concentration that reflect our unique continental climate and Okanagan terroir. Our 29th vintage came to a sweet close with a textbook Icewine harvest on December 7th.
2009 produecd a very elegant Select Lot Collection Syrah, with fresh notes of red and black fruits, violets, chocolate and spice. A ripe, fruit forward palate shows notes of blueberries, licorice and black raspberry, along with hints of vanilla bean, cedar and bacon. This full bodied wine is framed by nice acidity and fine, silky tannins.
|13.5% Alc. | R.S. Dry | T.A. 5.9 g/l | 750 mL|
|Oaked:||Aged in French oak for 16.5 months|
|Vineyards:||Oliver & Osoyoos|