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At Morgans Restaurant and Wine Bar we are known for our amazing selection of wines.  This month we are featuring the 2013 Sandhill Syrah a deep purple black colour with a lovely bouquet of black cherry, blue plum, blueberry jam, sweet spice, vanilla, chocolate and sweet oak.

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Wine Growing Conditions

After a succession of cooler vintages, the 2013 growing season created considerable excitement throughout the valley. Although June experienced slightly wetter and cooler conditions, the summer months of July, August and early September saw warm, sunny weather.  Late September ushered in cooler wetter weather; and while October was dry, the cooler conditions assisted in providing balanced acidity levels.  Look for big red wines with ripe fruit flavours and well-integrated tannins.  White wines will show fruit-forward aromatics with richer, rounder mouth-feel. An above average to excellent vintage.

The Winemaking Process

  • Loose crush, gentle but complete extraction of the fruit.
  • Warm fermentation.
  • Aged 14 months in American and French oak barrels.

The Flavour Profile

  • Deep purple black colour with a lovely bouquet of black cherry, blue plum, blueberry jam, sweet spice, vanilla, chocolate and sweet oak.
  • This is a dry, full-bodied wine with velvety tannins and a rich mouth-feel.
  • Ripe, juicy black fruits fill the mouth.
  • The lingering finish shows notes of Chai spice and tart black fruits.
  • Enjoy with peppercorn steaks; braised meats; London broils; red meats in rich reductions; winter stews; game meats; short ribs; beef brisket; saucy barbecued ribs; Beemster 18 month aged Gouda.

Critical Acclaim

  • Silver Medal ~ WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada, 2015.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 14.0%
Dryness Code 0
Sugar 1.3g/Litre
TA 6.55g/litre
Cellaring Enjoy now to 2018
Release Date June 2015
Cases Produced 2494
CSPC# 98541
PID# 1091040

Notes from the Winemaker

“As a grape varietal, Syrah is known for its vigorous and active growing cycle, so a watchful eye must be kept on it to ensure the fruit production remains reigned in.  Keeping the yields small helps ensure premium fruit concentration.  This truly was an ideal growing season for Syrah in the Okanagan Valley and for Sandhill.” -Howard Soon, Winemaker

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