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Day 10 – The Syndicate 2019

Step into the Old World through the New World’s front door. The Syndicate is our flagship blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Day 10 brings a brand new release: the 2019 vintage of our flagship red blend, The Syndicate.  This is the wine that started it all for us back with the 2012 vintage, and it’s been at the heart of our portfolio ever since. Always Merlot-dominant, our Syndicate has taken on a bit more structure since we started using our estate Merlot for this wine. Our 2019 vintage is powerful and muscular, and was recently rated 94 points by Carl Boucher of Carl’s Wine Club. In his words, this is his favorite vintage to date. What do you think?

Today’s food pairing suggestion is a heart-warming winter dish: Beef & roasted red pepper stew. This hearty stew is the best version of comfort food to serve with a rich glass of red wine on a cool winter evening. The roasted red peppers combined with the balsamic add a sweetness to both the gravy and overall stew and brighten the dish in both colour and flavour. A quick sear of the meat in the oven first shortens the time needed to stand over the pot and this also cooks in the flour, letting the gravy thicken naturally as it simmers. Enjoy with family or friends and glass of The Syndicate.

Winemaking Notes

Step into the Old World through the New World’s front door.  This medium-bodied blend is classically structured, but brimming with vibrant Okanagan fruit. An elegant combination of Merlot (41%), Cabernet Franc (31%), Petit Verdot (20%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (8%). This wine was grown in sun-drenched vineyards in Kaleden, Osoyoos and Oliver, and harvested between October 12th and 21st. Each varietal was fermented separately in small lots and aged for 21 months in French oak barrels, of which one third were new.

Tasting Profile

An elegant, well-balanced wine with aromas and flavours of black currant, plum, dark chocolate, cedar and tobacco. Firm tannins with a hint of acidity, and a long finish. Smooth and rich in texture and approachable now, this wine will blossom with another 5 years in the bottle.

Food Pairings

As food and wine always go hand-in-hand at our house, The Syndicate is always 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.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2019
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Vineyards Kaleden, Oliver & Osoyoos
Acid 6.3 g/L
pH 3.7
Residual Sugar 2.9 g/L
Alcohol % 14.2
Production: 225 cases