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Amulet Syrahtext
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16¾/20

Amulet Syrah 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAmulet is a collaboration between Dwight Sick, and Penelope and Dylan Roche. The grapes are hand tended from the vine to the winery. Nothing much else is done to leave the fruit in a natural state through fermentation. The blend is 96/4 syrah/viognier, and production is a minuscule 88 x 6-packs. First, it gets a whole berry cold soak in one ton open top fermenters. After seven days, the must is gently warmed, and an indigenous fermentation complete with hand punch downs gently extracts tannins for 22 days. Finally, the grapes are pressed into 50 percent new and 50 percent second-fill French barrels to mature on the gross lees for 20 months. The nose comes with sweet spice and floral notes. The attack is rich with textured red and black fruit, terrific acidity, and fine overall balance, a Dwight Sick calling card. A classy interpretation of a northern Rhone syrah that will get even better in the bottle. The medallion on Amulet bottles is a replica recast of the original hand-struck Gold Angel coin from the Elizabethan era. First appearing in 1470, the coin depicts St Michael slaying an evil dragon. Rumoured to be Shakespeare's preferred payment method for his services, the gold coin was also frequently worn as an amulet to ward off evil and bring good luck to those in its possession.Tasted: 17 August 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 62.52 winery direct Producer: Roche WinesDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahUPC: 711841978808