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Black Swift Vineyards 2014 ‘Monarch Vineyard’ Syrah

Monarch Vineyard is located in the central flats of the Osoyoos Bench. This is one of our hottest and sunniest locations and prime home of our most structured and intense red wines. This wine spent 30 months in elevage and was raised in American Oak, two thirds of which were new. Now to address the elephant in the room. It’s Syrah, but American oak you say? Isn’t that Shiraz? Typically, yes. Firstly, we use a very tight grained Montana Oak which is more reminiscent of a Slovenian oak. Secondly, yes this spot is roasting hot but it’s Okanagan roasting, which means the growing season is relatively short while being quite intense. So is this New World? No, this isn’t McLaren Vale. Is this Old World? No, this isn’t Crozes-Hermitage either. This wine has a meaty edge to it and cracked pepper that rides alongside pure flavours of Blackberry compote, lavender and some sandal wood. It’s a tooth-stainer, but the core of acidity keeps it lively. It’s a special wine from a special location and helps to prove why we (and others) think Syrah creates the pinnacle of wines here.


Perfect timing, you say? Take a moment to read this article from Anthony Gismondi on BC Syrah.


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‘As time goes on I love to hear things like Monarch Vineyard is in the central flats of the Osoyoos Bench. Ah yes – location. It seems it matters. Even if the Osoyoos Bench is yet to be delineated as a sub-appellation it has ‘central flats’ sitting within it. Guess what? It is one of the hottest and sunniest locations in all of BC, seemingly made for syrah. After 30 months in American oak, 66 percent new, this seemingly Australian-style shiraz is nothing but obese. Tight-grained Montana oak, described as being closer to Slovenian oak (think big Tuscan reds) helps to contain the fruit rather than let it spill out of its sides. The days are warm, but the nights are cooler, so again, less Oz more Rhone. In fact, it’s another Next World Okanagan red mixing fresh peppery notes, fine acidity and plenty of ripe blueberry that finishes mostly dry. You can add another one to the expanding list of top-flight Okanagan syrah. 91 points– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine March 14 2018

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