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2016 Broken Press Syrah Reserve
- VQA St. David's Bench
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
The usual Syrah suspects are all there: white pepper, red fruit and black raspberry, licorice, and a hint of something meaty and definitely non-vegan. Weighty and generous on the palate, with black raspberry fruit riding on a train of fine tannin and moderate acidity interplay. Probably at best 2026, but who are we to say?
Showcasing traditional Northern Rhone characteristics, the nose is a mix of floral notes of lavender, violet and honey, mingled with deeper aromas of blackberry, pepper spice, cedar and smoky char.
The palate is rich and decidedly full bodied, lifted by delicate acidity and soft tannins.
- Winemaking Notes
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 stuffing. Hot and dry vintage 2016 was a no-doubter from Labour Day onward, as both flavour and phenolic ripeness came around very early. Bursting with bright berry fruit on the nose and hints of pink peppercorn in the glass.
- Growing Conditions
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 oak. Bottled August 14. 2018.
- Food Pairing
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.
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