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Clos du Soleil Winemaker's Series Middle Bench Vineyard Syrahtext

Clos du Soleil Winemaker's Series Middle Bench Vineyard Syrah 2020

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis Blind Creek Vineyard, Cawston syrah (97%) mixed with La Côte Vineyard, Keremeos viognier (3%) is all Similkameen Valley and part of the Clos du Soleil Winemaker’s Series. It opens with a mysteriously opaque level of black purple. The nose has an enticing, beguiling wild black fruit with dried herbs and white pepper. On the palate, black raspberries reign with a deep silky plummy mid-palate awash in pillowy tannins dusted in floral, sagebrush, and baking spices. Long, penetrating, and balanced with a touch of dark chocolate in the finish. As drinkable as it seems, this stony mineral affair will live in the bottle for years, if not decades. The fruit is hand-harvested at peak maturity, gently destemmed, lightly crushed, and fermented in concrete. The destemmed viognier was co-fermented with the syrah at just the perfect quantity to brighten up the syrah without intruding. It was 16 months in French oak barrels, of which only five percent were new. This is a benchmark wine.Tasted: 28 January 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$39.90750mlwinery online/direct
Producer: Clos du Soleil WineryDistributors: Select Wines & Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 993295UPC: 857088000985