2017 Desert Hills Syrah
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.
Rigorously selected in the vineyard from our old vines, all the grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted before the de-stemmed whole berries and free run juice were transferred to fermenting tanks, where they were cold soaked for 3 days with meticulous pump overs. Indigenous and cultured yeast were used during fermentation and maintained at a consistent 26 degrees. Raised in select French Oak barrels for 24 months aging; wine was blended prior to bottling with additional aging in bottle
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 25% new oak, predominantly Radoux medium toast.
Tasting Notes: Aromatic white pepper intermingles with smoked meats, ripe black and red fruit and vanilla.