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Nichol Vineyard Old Vines Syrahtext

Nichol Vineyard Old Vines Syrah 2020

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaComing from Canada’s oldest syrah vines planted in Naramata, this deeply coloured syrah opens with brooding dark fruit and earthy notes. With only 12.4% abv declared, you would expect something light, but there’s ample dry extract here, making it meaty and chewy but not quite fleshy. Stripped down of any fat and flesh, it’s pretty tight and firm, with sufficient tannins and taut acidity to frame the dark fruit. It finishes with lingering flavours of spices and a subtle hint of iodine as well as a touch of sweetness. A serious wine with long ageing potential. Aerating for a couple of hours beforehand will help unmask the flavours.Tasted: 27 January 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$40.00750mlwinery direct, private wine shops
Producer: Nichol Vineyard Distributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahUPC: 00626990093312