Two Sides of Syrah

West Side +
East Side =
Perfectly balanced Syrah

The Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench is home to just the right mix of heat and heart. Our newly released 2019 Jackpot and Road 13 Syrah showcase the entire South Okanagan Valley, from the West Side to the East, mirroring the vineyard influences of these sites resulting in honestly-balanced, big, bold reds. Experience has taught us you can’t make great wine without good dirt and hard work, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s kind of like bringing together a small two-piece band. Working with the different personalities to create perfect harmony.”

– Barclay Robinson, Winemaker

Explore Syrah

2019 syrah

NEW RELEASE

This Syrah is a blend of all 7 different blocks of Syrah from the East and West sides of the Okanagan Valley. Each block was hand-harvested, sorted, gently destemmed, and fermented individually to maximize the character from each block of Syrah.

SIP SYRAH

 

2019 jackpot syrah

NEW RELEASE

The Syrah for this wine is 75% from our Golden Mile Bench Vineyard (West Side) and 25% from our Black Sage Bench Vineyard (East Side). The grapes were hand-harvested, sorted, gently destemmed (berries kept whole), fermented and kept on skins for 28 days before being gently pressed off the skins.

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WEST SIDE & EAST SIDE TALK WITH THE WINEMAKER

Q: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WEST SIDE AND EAST SIDE SYRAH VINEYARDS?

Our West Side vineyards are on the Golden Mile Bench right on the Road 13 property, home to a gravel-rich foundation and free-draining dirt. These vines soak in the gentle morning sun and heat throughout the day, receiving evening shade first due to the setting sun and the mountain behind us. Coming in from the East Side lies our Jagged Rock and Saddle Ridge vineyard, both on the Black Sage Bench. These vines receive more heat during the day and a later sunset. The mineral-infused soils in these vineyards are a direct result of thousands of years of glacial outwash left behind. A jackpot for any grape grower.

Q: How does Road 13 Syrah reflect the West and East Side?

Our estate blocks on the West Side have the most incredible, consistent soil, lending our Syrah structure and subtle, white peppery notes. However, the East Side tends to reflect more black cherry and dark fruit notes, both from the sandy soil, but also from the extra exposure to the heat, permitting the Syrah to ripen differently.

Q: What do you love most about blending fruit from West and East Side for Syrah?

I love the vastly different characteristics. It’s kind of like bringing together a small two-piece band, working with the different personalities to create perfect harmony. Working with different vineyard blocks is similar to adjusting your soundboard to create the best overall sound. When you work with the best qualities of both our East and West Side vineyards to produce great vines and fruit, you’ll end up with really great wine.

Q: What’s the difference between the 2019 Syrah and the 2019 Jackpot Syrah?

The 2019 Syrah is roughly 80% East Side (Black Sage Bench) and will give you that really approachable, playful juicy expression of the ripe fruit. And the 2019 Jackpot Syrah is roughly 75% West Side (Golden Mile Bench), so you get that really nice spice, accentuated with the dark cherry notes coming from 25% East Side fruit.

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