This Syrah is grown on decaying Stemwinder soils, essentially stone, gravel, and sand that is windblown, much like the Northern Rhone. The opening is a dusty, peppery affair with an underlying mix of blueberries, sagebrush, and spice. So streamlined and structured, it is simply a baby at this stage. It needs five years to start to be open and ten to be ready. Lamb is the match, and it is a great one.
"Co-fermented with 5% viognier, there's a telling floral lift here off the top, with violets and ripe peach aromatics leading over typical darker fruit, blueberry and black cherry, fresh and in jam form. The palate is juicy, balanced between succulent acids and fine, grainy-dusty tannins, with a decent amount of grip. Length and depth, and complexity, are also solid. I'd cellar another 1-2 years for a more evolved and complex expression and polished texture. Tasted September 2022." -John Szabo, MS
Corcelettes Estate Vineyard, Upper Bench, Keremeos
“Stemwinder”- alluvial deposit & “Similkameen” gravelly sandy loam.
Gnarly and extremely coarse soils eroded from steep mountain walls.
Situated on the higher, south facing regions of the valley providing an
extended growing season. Dry, windswept and extreme daytime heats.
Exposed rock faces ‘sink’ and radiate heat well into the night.
Vineyard rows are North/South orientation, VSP trellis system.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with anything Lamb (think chops, meatballs, or ragu), lasagna, and even turkey sandwiches are great with this wine!