Syrah is a red grape variety grown all over the world, but it is associated in particular with the Rhône region of France, as well as Australia (Shiraz). The style and flavour profile of wines made from Syrah grapes vary widely depending on the region and winemaking techniques, but in general, Syrah wines tend to be medium to full-bodied, mouth-filling wines with dark fruits, spices (often pepper) and floral/herbal notes dominating. Over the last few years, the South Okanagan has been recognized as a consistent producer of world-class, elegant and complex Syrah. Moon Curser's Contraband Syrah is grown in a superior west-facing hillside block of the Bartsch Vineyard (nicknamed The Hill). The Hill block has consistently, and reliably, produced beautifully ripened Syrah, year after year.
Another favourite of our winemakers, this year the 2019 Contraband Syrah truly showcases the excellence of the Bartsch vineyard. This is a medium to full-bodied red wine with a deep ruby colour in the glass. The nose is very rich with notes of dark chocolate, raspberries and cinnamon. The palate follows up with an incredible concentration of flavours and texture. Dark cherry, leather and hints of dried fruit, along with a lovely oak integration, velvety tannin structure and very long finish make this wine the quintessential fireplace wine (though we are quite sure we will not be waiting for winter to enjoy). Our 2019 Contraband Syrah drinks well now, but will continue to evolve nicely in the bottle if cellared over the next seven to ten years.
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