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Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvée Violette
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Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvée Violette 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCuvée Violette is the youthful, pretty, perfumed, purple fruited and coquettish sister of the LVP syrah family (which is growing every year it seems). This year, the southern Okanagan fruit was co-fermented with a wee splash of 0.5% viognier. For the first time, new concrete tulip vats were added to the ageing vessels along with large oak botti and French oak barrique. Classic syrah: with minimal reduction upon opening, leading to roasted meats, crushed violets, dark soils, grilled plums, cracked peppercorns, housed by plump tannins to a very peppery finish buoyed with a grapefruit pith acidity. So well put together, and drinking beautifully now, especially with a slight chill — a BC classic.Tasted: 02 August 2019Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 26.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Le Vieux PinDistributors: Winery Direct (BC), Empson (AB), Lifford (ON), Belanger (QC)
Blend: Shiraz - ViognierCSPC: 770842UPC: 857077004321