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Black Hills Syrahtext
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16¾/20

Black Hills Syrah 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack Hills Syrah 2019 has a lovely rich mulberry colour, with glints of deep purple. The very appealing youthful nose combines plum and cherry with the sweet scent of violet, orange oil, dusty herbs, and earth. Even better are the array of classic syrah varietal aromas that follow: cracked black pepper, wood smoke, and cured meat. Balanced and trim, vivid acidity infuses red and purple berries with energy and savoury verve, and modest tannins emerge to caress the mouth. A lacquer of French oak spice is evident but sitting pretty in the wine. Fermented wildly with 20% whole bunches, this syrah rested in lightly toasted French oak for 18 months, just 20% new puncheons. Gone is the American oak used in the past. Fruit for this edition comes from the Black Sage Bench including a few plots of powerfully expressive clones 99 and 100, planted in 1994. Though in its infancy, there is a poise and completeness already present in this serious red. While dense with fruit there is no excess here, just pure, authentic syrah with a seductively silky texture. This wine embodies winemaker Ross Wise’s signature of purity, mouthfeel, restraint, and fastidious attention to detail. Newly released, you must let it breathe in a decanter or big wine glass and try it with a spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or herby lamb shoulder.Tasted: 25 August 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.90 winery direct and private wine shops Producer: Black Hills Estate WineryDistributors: Andrew Peller Import Agency
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 768291UPC: 058976502912