2016 Desert Hills Syrah
Three Boys Vineyard & Osoyoos Vineyard
Barrel aged for 22 months in 85% French Oak, 20% new and 15% American Oak, 5% new, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Savory aromas of White and black pepper, smoked meat, and dried herbs followed by ripe blackberry/blueberry compote, tobacco and spice. Rich chocolate, and vanilla bean round out the silky tannins on the finish.
Planted in 1996 our Three Boys Vineyard Syrah are possibly the oldest Syrah vines in the South Okanagan. Our rows are planted to an east-west orientation allowing for great sun exposure and our famous sandy vineyard offers deep soils with excellent drainage. Viticulture practices such as shoot thinning, green harvest (cluster thinning) and leaf removal all help promote flavor concentration and a purity of fruit. Cluster selection and vine spacing led to a fruit count of approximately 2.7 tons per acre.
Two clones 99 and 100 were hand harvested and kept cool prior to being processed at the winery. Clone 99 was destemmed and lightly crushed into an open top fermenter and clone 100 was destemmed only (whole berry) into a tank. Gentle punch downs and pump overs were carried out daily in the cellar until the wine had completed fermentation. Barrel aged for 22 months in 85% French Oak, 20% new and 15% American Oak, 5% new, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.