This 100% Naramata Bench Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier skins to echo the classic French style in Côte-Rôtie, a wine-growing region in France's Northern Rhône Valley. The two grape types are planted side by side and create the perfect marriage with good ageability.
The Viognier gives the Syrah a rounder mouth-feel, deeper colour and silkier mouth-feel while notes of violets and white pepper burst in the palette. Refined and elegant, with a medium body and a luscious lingering finish, try it for yourself and pair it with your favourite BBQ, braised short ribs, lamb and hard cheeses.
“We chose the lightly toasted new oak with a tight grain because of the great effects it can have on the Syrah. The tight grain lets out less bold tannins and the light toast preserves the body of the wine. When you age in new oak barrels it can be easy to over-oak a Syrah. If you want to age wine in the barrel you want the oak to compliment the wine, not overpower it, which is what we believe we’ve achieved with our 2018 Eclipse Syrah.”
- Daiya Anderson