2019 Syrah 'Old Vines'
The 2019 vintage was cooler again than 2018 and has yielded the most achitypal cool climate syrah we have ever produced at Nichol. On the tighter more delineated side and even less opulent. The aromatics this year are high toned and delineated and speak to the nuance and sophistication of fruit this vintage has given us. Look for pretty red berries, lilacs and poutpourri, licorice, and the typical game and leather notes we usually see but with greater lift and finesse Again a crunchy intensity and persistence on the palate that will really reward cellaring. Don't let the delicacy of this vintage fool you, these wines are built for the cellar. We are very excited. Please decant.
Drink 2022 - 2030+
Vineyard: 17 rows planted in 1990/1991 on granite bedrock. It is the oldest Syrah vineyard in Canada. 100% Naramata Village.
Wine Making: Hand-picked on September 15th 2019. Fully de-stemmed. Fermented on skins in 2 ton open top fermenters. Basket pressed. Full malolactic fermentation in Neutral French barrique. Raised in a combination of 2-5 year old 500 litre puncheons and barrique. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in March 2021.