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Pentâge Winery Syrah
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Pentâge Winery Syrah 2015

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSkaha-based Pentâge Winery likes to do the ageing for you, as evidenced by this recently released five-year-old syrah. The screwcapped finished bottle is slightly reduced upon opening, but that reduction dissipates with some air time (I recommend a splash decant). The attack is smooth and the tannins silky before the wild cassis and black raspberry floods the palate. It's laced with pepper, charcuterie, and scrubby desert sagebrush. Fine value. This is another excellent example of where syrah is in BC and where it is headed in the future. It's certainly amongst the best reds made the province. The syrah is fermented in four batches, using different hand-selected yeasts to promote the wine's complexity. It is matured for 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak. Only 30 percent of the barrels are new; the balance was aged in two to four-year-old barriques.Tasted: 03 May 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 24.35 winery online Producer: Pentâge WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 362442