2015 Painted Rock Syrah
Region: Okanagan Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Aromas of ripe red fruit and florals jump out of the glass with raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and rose water. Rounded and rich on the palate with ripe, silky tannins with further flavors of cracked pepper, vanilla and toasted coconut. Lingering pepper and baking spices on the finish.
This Syrah was hand picked from two estate syrah blocks. J block is planted with clone 100 and M block is planted with 99. This wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new oak. Of that new oak, 80% was French and 20% was American. The remaining 70% was aged in 2nd fill French oak.
92 POINTS | Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail
Lusciously full and intense, with sweet, almost syrupy plum and blackberry fruit matched by a UFC-worthy drop-kick of black pepper. Then the grape shows its more European side, with a gamey, smoky quality and note of licorice. Ripe, well-integrated tannins round out this big, complex red. Likely a good candidate for up to a dozen years in the cellar.
92 POINTS | John Schreiner
This wine delivers terrific fruit aromas and flavours – black cherry, blackberry and fig, with notes of leather, vanilla and pepper. The wine was aged 18 months in barrel (30% new), of which 80% was French oak and 20% American oak.
93 POINTS | Liam Carrier
Though Painted Rock is best known for its ripe and complex Red Icon blend, the wine gaining ground as the flagship product is the winery's estate-grown Syrah. Mind-blowing intense, yet, without ever feeling over-extracted or jammy. This youthful Syrah displays ripe cherry and plum fruit with integrated white pepper, pepperoni and floral aromas followed on the dry, grippy-tannin palate with similar flavours and added layers of blood orange, mint and vanilla.
Finishes long with lingering spice and cigar box notes. Ready to go now, with 4+ hrs of decanting, though, the best results will come with patience and mid-term cellaring. Drink 2019-2025.
Our winemaking team is headed by proprietor John Skinner in close collaboration with Bordeaux-based consultant Alain Sutre, who defines winemaking protocol, advises on viticulture, integrates vineyard and winery, blends, and teaches. Our Assistant Winemaker Gabe Reis, is on site full-time to implement Alain's instructions and benefit from his tutelage. Teamwork and a shared passion for quality support Painted Rock in its vision to produce exceptional wines. Painted Rock encourages each member of our diverse and skilled team to contribute their expertise and broaden their own experience in striving towards our collective goals.