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Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Syrahtext

Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Syrah 2016

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI’ve been following this wine in barrel, and this vineyard for two decades, and have been astonished by the texture and elegance that has been coaxed out of this site and its fruit. It is something special in the glass, combining the best of the Northern Rhone with local desert scrubland scents of dried herbs that lift it even higher in the glass. It was a perfect year in the south, with warmth and sunshine, but no massive heat spikes leaving the acidity fresh while still getting full optimal ripeness. 2016 spent 20 months in French oak, and just over 100 cases were made. The 7 acre site, covered in mostly sandy loam, was established by pioneering viticulturist Richard Cleave, on the lower terrace of the Black Sage Bench in the very early 1990s, and only 1.2 acres were planted to syrah. Enjoy a bottle if you can find one; it is well worth the money.Tasted: 05 September 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 80.00 winery direct Producer: Phantom Creek EstatesDistributors: Stile Brands
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 207379UPC: 626990348825