Painted Rock Estate Winery 2012 Syrah (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from the winery here
Date Tasted: November 2nd, 2014
Tasting Notes: Aromas of smoke, cured meats, white pepper and minerals may make you think first of the Northern Rhone, but really, this is pure Okanagan and one of the valley's best examples of how Syrah can thrive in BC when planted in the right areas and handled with tough love, as they do at Painted Rock Estate Winery.
BC's best Syrah wines, like this estate grown example, showcase the variety's natural floral notes and balance the savoury, Old World characters of the Rhone with crowd-pleasing, New World, dark red fruit - the best of both worlds.
Managing the aggressive Syrah vines in the vineyard is key to unlocking its full potential and Painted Rock's pruning and canopy management program is among the most detailed, vine-by-vine, you're ever likely to come across.
This wine sees 18 months in 50% new oak (an 80-20 split of French and American barrels) which contributes added depth and complexity with nuances of caramel, vanilla, clove and other spices. The palate is dry with very smooth tannins and smokiness to the texture. There's good continuity from the nose on offer with an emphasis on red fruit flavours and a bright, wild berry acidity. Drink 2015-2020+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca