Terrace Vineyard Syrah 2011
At the very beginning of Michael Kacab's winery project, he knew that the Kacaba Vineyard property was capable of producing award winning Syrah. In fact, Michael Kacaba was so confident that he flew to California to purchase vines to plant on his estate. This was the first planting of Syrah in Ontario defying the critics who stated this varietal will never ripen nor survive our cold winters. Syrah in Niagara, exhibits a rich character and is reminiscent of the original wines produced in the Northern Rhone Valley in France.
All fruit for this wine was hand harvested form the two separate blocks assuring only the best quality. The fruit was gently de-stemmed and transferred to stainless steel tanks for whole berry fermentation. Manual puchdowns and machine pumpovers were conducted two to three times daily. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to a combination of new and second fill French and American oak barrels. After twelve months of aging, the wine was racked and blended into stainless steel tanks. Finally the wine was bottled in February 2013.
This vintage is very characteristic of a cool-climate, Northern Rhone style red with more delicate yet balanced flavours. Elegant on the nose with aromas of blackberry, dark plum, violets and a touch of clove spice. On the palate, dark fruit flavours of blackberry are complimented with a hint of smoke and white pepper. Balanced acidity with medium weight will make this wine a very food friendly choice.