2015 'Monarch Vineyard' Syrah
Nesting Place: Monarch Vineyards
Nestled in the majesty & wonder of the East Osoyoos Bench, Monarch vineyard produces iconic & noteworthy incarnations of red-wine. This site lays on the lower plateau/Osoyoos Bench flats, while not technically recognized as a distinguished sub-appellation, Monarch is worthy of its royal reference in moniker. Planted to Cab. Sauv, Cab. Franc & Syrah & defined by rich, Sand based soil. Our relationship here runs as deep, if not deeper than the soil its self. Regardless of vintage, the site absolutely bakes in the desert sun, breeding brooding/seriously meaty expressions of fruit.
The Wine & Moment in Time:
The 2nd vintage of its kind by name, but a real testament to the pedigree of its provenance. A cumulative effort of; vintage, vineyard & winemaking has bred this immensely concentrated expression of Syrah. 2015 was dynamic to say the least, while much of Western Canada was plagued by smoke & wildfire devastation, Osoyoos remained relatively unmarked. The overall intensity of heat bred Syrah with lush fruit character/ripeness in tandem with remarkable structural depth. Think of: Dark Chocolate, the best Black Forest Cake (ever), Cloves & Coffee. We're not usually much for specific tasting notes, but this just keeps 'em rolling like waves to the shoreline.
Elevage/higher education over the course of 20 months in 2/3 New American Oak barrels. Everything about this is pleasure driven...unnervingly so.
This is a rare thing to encounter, the '15 evolves strictly in a positive trajectory. Each passing minute, it gains more momentum & magic. Cellar through 2030.