A syndicate is a collaboration of individuals working toward a shared interest. The age-old practice of blending wines is done with a similar purpose, hence the name we’ve chosen for our flagship red wine. In The Syndicate, the individual varietals are working together to elevate the depth and complexity of the finished wine.
For the 2012 vintage, we’re stepping into the Old World through the New World’s front door. This medium-bodied Bordeaux-style blend is an elegant combination of Merlot (40%), Petit Verdot (29%), Cabernet Franc (26%) and a splash of Malbec (5%).
This wine was grown in sun-drenched vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos, and harvested between October 10th and 28th. Each varietal was fermented separately in small lots and aged for 18 to 21 months in French oak barrels, of which 50% were new. The final blend was assembled, bottled and aged a further 9 months before being released.
An elegant, well-balanced wine that is approachable now, but with the acidity and tannin structure to enable cellaring and enjoyment over the next 5+ years. The wine opens with seductive aromas of cherries, blackberries and plum, layered with sweet spices, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Once you are able to pull your nose out of the glass, you’ll find equally enticing flavours of both red and black fruits, smoked meat and a hint of cinnamon on the palate. The silky tannins are well integrated with the acid structure, making this an exceptionally balanced wine.
From the moment the grapes were harvested, The Syndicate was destined to be a food wine. We achieved a balanced wine with enough acidity and tannins to enjoy with a variety of foods, especially with grilled or roasted red meats.
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Acid 6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar 3.2 g/L
Alcohol % 13.6