2014 'Long Road' Syrah

2014 'Long Road' Syrah

Nesting Place: "The Long Road"

"The Long Road" is ambiguous in nature,  a conceptually integral piece within the BSV portfolio & history. "The Long Road" is of many possible meanings, it has always been a reference to the long/winding road of Highway 97, the arduous path of viticulture & wine-growing, the potential lack of uncertainty within some of our vineyard partners "going the long road". In this case, the vineyard is situated in the sun-soaked desert climate of the East Osoyoos Bench. a sizeable acreage planted in 1999. Based on viti-cultural maturity, the site is organically conducive to breed magic within the bottle. "The Long Road" is defined by deep layers of glacially deposited Sand & more extreme diurnal swings in temperature. This specific vineyard iteration of "The Long Road" has certainly earned its ambiguous moniker. 

The Wine & Moment in Time: 

This time-travelling marvel marks the 2nd release of "The Long Road" Syrah. Based on both vineyard pedigree & the truly exceptional nature of 2014 as a vintage, this wine has the ability to continue to run the gambit of time. By nature, 2014 was a vintage unmarked by the varied plagues of Fire, Smoke or Floods. Defined by an early start to vine growth & a consistently warm/lengthy vintage on the whole, allowing for optimal ripeness in the sense of both sugar & phenolic/structural depth. 

In its youth, this expression of Syrah was opulent & intensely fruit driven, perhaps overwhelmingly so. The intensity of primary characteristics outweighed the sheer structural heft, weight & complexity lying beneath the surface. Now, the inherent savoury edges of Syrah & diverse spectrum of herbal character are equally in the forefront. 

Carefully fermented in steel & then aged for 20 months in American Oak barrels, half of which were new. 

Longevity: 

This wine is mystifying, thrilling and still wild in  structural abundance. Lay to rest for as long as patience allows. Truly, truly magnificent juice, a reason to adore Syrah completely. Imbibe through 2028 & reap the rewards. 

$85.99