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Black Swift The Long Road Syrah
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16¼/20

Black Swift The Long Road Syrah 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLong Road is a 100-acre vineyard at the northern extent of the Osoyoos Bench. It was planted in 1999 to clones 99 and 100 and is sustainably farmed at 3 tons to the acre. Expect an impressive flavoured bottle of syrah with perhaps a touch too much chocolate in its sweet fruit but the soft, at times soupy, structure makes it easy to sip. Look for black licorice, pepper, raisins and blueberry fruit too. Needs some time to pull it all together. Less new oak or better oak would make a difference here but don’t let that scare you off. Grilled lamb is the ticket here. Post fermentation the wine spent 16 months in a 50/50 mix of new and older French oak.Tasted: 20 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 49.99 winery direct Producer: The HatchDistributors: Winery Direct
Lone Tree Cellars
Varietal: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 770651UPC: 626990221203