Silver Bridge Syrah 2017 - Founders
The Syrah varietal and the history of Kacaba Vineyards have been intertwined since the
winery’s inception. From their first Syrah plantings back in 1997 to the first bottling in
2000, Kacaba has lead the field with significant success with this varietal. Awards
include “Best Red Wine” at the Canadian Wine Awards.
The 2017 Silver Bridge Syrah is the oldest block of Syrah on the Kacaba Vineyards property. After ample work developing the vineyard lands in 1995/96 Michael Kacaba’s next venture was a flight to Northern California to purchase his first Syrah vines (Clone 7, rootstock 3309). The Silver Bridge block consists of six
rows (#14-20) on the main slope nearest to the winery. These can be seen directly ahead as you cross over the silver Bailey bridge when entering the property.
2017 was a bountiful year for grape growing; premium minded vintners secured
high quality fruit with proper vineyard maintenance. All fruit for this small batch
wine started with hand-harvesting to assure top quality. After a gentle destemming
process the Syrah fruit was co-fermented with a small amount of estate-grown
Viognier to improve its aromatics, as well as to add meaty undertones to the palate
and to round the wine’s mouthfeel. During its fermentation, gentle manual
punch-downs were conducted two to three times daily to extract tannins without
aggressive harshness. Ageing was conducted in a combination of French &
American oak barrels for 12 months before bottling to add greater complexity and
round out its silky texture.
Subtle aromas of cedar, mixed spice, and mocha drift easily from this polished,
well-paced Syrah. It caresses the palate with a balanced wash of pie cherry and ripe
blueberry robed in excellent acidity with lip-smacking tang and wisps of peppery
spice. This red is marked by purity of fruit, creamy-smooth texture, deft balance,
absolutely no rough edges and mouth-watering aftertaste.
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