BLACK MARKET WINE CO. Syrah
Like a good secret, this wine is deep and dark, and you’ll want to keep it all to yourself!
2017 was a cooler vintage and this Syrah is medium-bodied with smooth tannins and a hint of acidity. This is a very elegant Northern Rhône style wine. Aromas of violets and red cherry are followed on the palate by savoury notes of black cherry, black olive, vanilla and cinnamon. The wine lingers with white pepper on the long finish.
This was the fourth Black Market vintage of Syrah. The 2017 Syrah was co-fermented with 6% Viognier. The grapes were sourced from Osoyoos. After a slow and warm fermentation, the wine underwent another 10 days of maceration to extract more phenolic compounds. The wine spent 15 months in French Oak Puncheons and American oak barrels. In the future, more Puncheons will be purchased so all the Syrah can be fermented this way.
Region: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Varietals: 94% Syrah, 6% Viognier
Only 150 cases made!
Syrah /see RAH/
Viognier /vee YOHN yay/
The traditional home of the Syrah – Viognier blend is Cote Rotie, the northern Rhone Valley's "roasted slope." This is an unusual partnership of a white-wine grape blended with a red-wine grape with Syrah (aka Shiraz in Australia) as the dominant component. Viognier rarely constitutes more than 15 percent of the blend. Even in these small quantities, it makes a significant difference to the final wine, lifting its perfume and enlivening its colors.
The Osoyoos area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. This region of the South Okanagan is a unique climatic zone know as a semi-arid steppe, the final stage of a desert area that extends up from the United States. Along with that comes long warm days and cool nights that retain the acidity in the grapes and helps shape their distinctive character and flavours.
Appellation: Okanagan Valley VQA
Acid 5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar 3.0 g/L