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Orofino Syrah
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Orofino Syrah 2018

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis vintage was based on a new Similkameen vineyard for the first time, with the Scout Vineyard that historically made this wine now being used by its owners for their project. In 2018, a higher altitude, windy, rocky, older vine Keremeos Bench vineyard makes the base for this wine, with a small amount still tipped in from South Cawston's granitic Scout Vineyard. After destemming, this was native fermented and then pressed into older French barrels, where it aged for 16 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Striking Similkameen syrah, from its dusty, stony bed to its perfumed violets, through its peppery seasoning, all colouring thorny cassis, wild blackberry and black plum to a lingering, dusty stone finish. Tannins are slight furry, mimicking the texture layered throughout this wine — a lovely expression of Similkameen syrah, a variety best suited to this valley in BC.Tasted: 08 May 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 25.00 winery direct Producer: Orofino VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 10047UPC: 626990403104