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Vanessa Vineyard Syrah
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Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2015

Cawston, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Vanessa Syrah is estate-grown in the Similkameen Valley. It’s co-fermented with a small amount of viognier in the classic Northern Rhône style. The blockbuster warm 2015 vintage is almost all free run with minute amounts of press juice added to the final mix. It’s aged 20 months in new and second use American and French oak barrels that were medium-plus toast. 2015 is much improved on the nose, with little or no reduction this year. It’s typically expansive with intense savoury, black pepper and a twist of espresso. The attack is smooth and warm but not overpowering, with rich plummy fruit, dried black cherry and floral, stony, dusty, peppery notes in the back end. Would love to see an all-French oak version of this wine to see just how Rhone-ish it can be.Tasted: 30 May 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 34.99 winery direct, online, restaurants Producer: Vanessa VineyardDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 790873UPC: 626990238331