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Moon Curser Dead of the Night
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16¼/20

Moon Curser Dead of the Night 2016

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe ‘16 growing season in Osoyoos was a dream. A warm start, cool middle and warm finish allowed the grapes to hang until the perfect moment. The fruit is all Osoyoos East Bench: Home Vineyard, Moon Curser Vineyard, Stubb’s Vineyard. The aspect is sloping south-west with loamy sand, silica and granite. The blend is 50/50 syrah and tannat, aged 70 percent neutral French oak and 30 percent new. Moon Curser was the first to grow tannat in the Okanagan at their Home Vineyard in Osoyoos in 2005. When you think about syrah and tannat, you think big and brawny, but this blend is relatively elegant with fragrant, (and in 2016) intense, pure fruit aromas and flavours reminiscent of plums and vanilla. The palate is equally intriguing with blueberry, black cherry and licorice running in all directions. It’s fun to drink now around the barbecue, but this needs five years in the bottle to settle into itself.Tasted: 29 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 39.99 winery direct Producer: Moon CurserDistributors: BCWineshop
Blend: Tannat - SyrahCSPC: 806117UPC: 626990091820