97% Syrah, 3% Viognier, all sourced from our Queenston Road vineyard. Viognier skins co-fermented with Syrah in tank and 1-tonne bins. 20 months in French and Hungarian oak. 10 barrels and a justified-and-ancient demi-muid were chosen for the final blend. Bottled August 10 2017.
Broken Press is one of Creekside’s most revered bottlings. Because of that reputation, we are very protective of our flagship product line, and aren’t afraid to declassify and skip a vintage if the wine doesn’t have the stung. 2015 was a recovery year in the vineyards after a harsh winter that came cold on the heels of 2014’s “arctic vortex” debacle. Once again guilty of gross underestimation of the potential of that site in St. David’s. Try the 2015 now with some breathing time, but please make sure you also lay down a bottle or 12, ‘cause this baby needs some sleep.
Meaty, (beefy, big and bouncy?) foods seem appropriate, but it is important to point out that Rob’s sister pairs BP Syrah with weighty, savoury vegan cuisine and has proved that you can happily skip the trip to the butcher shop. And the wine’s acidity makes it more delicate than you might think, so feel free to lighten up.