2009 Nk'Mip Cellars Syrah

2009 Nk'Mip Cellars Syrah

Qwam Qwmt , Osoyoos, BC

$35.00 Quantity

VARIETAL:

ALCOHOL: 13.97%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:
Reviews:

Why We're Drinking It:

The news to begin the year was the harsh winter and resulting damage to some of the vines. At the Nk’Mip and Driver sites we were fortunate in that only the Syrah was affected. Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were all ok for the most part. At the Nk’Mip Vineyards we had two blocks of Merlot where we were down about 50% of crop but the rest of the varietals Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Blanc were minimally affected by the cold. Similar to last year we had a later than normal bud break, but fortunately late May saw some consistently warm days which really gave the vines a push and put us closer to normal growth. The warm dry weather continued through the month of June giving us a good fruit set on the producing vines. July and August were typical hot and dry Okanagan summers. These conditions pushed the ripening process right back on track and as we entered into September the vineyards were looking very good. September had some ideal ripening weather with some unusually warm nights which helped to lower the acids and allowed us to begin the harvest a little earlier than normal. Our season however came to a screeching halt on Oct 9th when temperatures reached as low as -6C on some of our vineyards – effectively freezing the leaves and arresting any further development of the grapes. We were fortunate in that those warm September days and nights had really pushed the crop towards full maturity regardless and so it became a matter of orderly picking what was left on the vines. So overall a bit of an unusual year but important to note is that the quality of the grapes did not seem to be overly affected by the winter damage or the early frost and in most cases and we were able to produce some
fine wines as a result.

Tasting Notes:

This Syrah weaves intricate flavours of wild field blueberries, spice aromatics and cedar shavings. A medium structured wine with flavours of cracked pepper; classic smoked meats and dried plum followed by a well-balanced and supple vanilla finish.

The Story to Know:

'About Winery'This lakeside property is located on 1,200 acres of band land located in the town of Osoyoos. This southern Okanagan area is home to Canada's only pocket desert. With some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan, this region is well known for its long, hot summer days and cool nights, mild winters and minimum rainfall. All of these factors contribute to this fabulous grape-growing region.

The winery was designed by Robert Mackenzie, a Penticton based architect, who has designed four other wineries in the southern Okanagan. The 18,000 square foot winery has the capacity to produce 18,000 cases or 162,000 litres. The winery is equipped to handle approximately 60% red grapes and 40% white. The varietals currently produced are Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling Icewine and several red blends including the ultra premium Mer'r'iym Meritage blend. These grapes come from the Band's own Inkameep Vineyard as well as the vineyard that surrounds the winery.

The news to begin the year was the harsh winter and resulting damage to some of the vines. At the Nk’Mip and Driver sites we were fortunate in that only the Syrah was affected. Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were all ok for the most part. At the Nk’Mip Vineyards we had two blocks of Merlot where we were down about 50% of crop but the rest of the varietals Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Blanc were minimally affected by the cold. Similar to last year we had a later than normal bud break, but fortunately late May saw some consistently warm days which really gave the vines a push and put us closer to normal growth. The warm dry weather continued through the month of June giving us a good fruit set on the producing vines. July and August were typical hot and dry Okanagan summers. These conditions pushed the ripening process right back on track and as we entered into September the vineyards were looking very good. September had some ideal ripening weather with some unusually warm nights which helped to lower the acids and allowed us to begin the harvest a little earlier than normal. Our season however came to a screeching halt on Oct 9th when temperatures reached as low as -6C on some of our vineyards – effectively freezing the leaves and arresting any further development of the grapes. We were fortunate in that those warm September days and nights had really pushed the crop towards full maturity regardless and so it became a matter of orderly picking what was left on the vines. So overall a bit of an unusual year but important to note is that the quality of the grapes did not seem to be overly affected by the winter damage or the early frost and in most cases and we were able to produce some
fine wines as a result.

This Syrah weaves intricate flavours of wild field blueberries, spice aromatics and cedar shavings. A medium structured wine with flavours of cracked pepper; classic smoked meats and dried plum followed by a well-balanced and supple vanilla finish.

'About Winery'This lakeside property is located on 1,200 acres of band land located in the town of Osoyoos. This southern Okanagan area is home to Canada's only pocket desert. With some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan, this region is well known for its long, hot summer days and cool nights, mild winters and minimum rainfall. All of these factors contribute to this fabulous grape-growing region.

The winery was designed by Robert Mackenzie, a Penticton based architect, who has designed four other wineries in the southern Okanagan. The 18,000 square foot winery has the capacity to produce 18,000 cases or 162,000 litres. The winery is equipped to handle approximately 60% red grapes and 40% white. The varietals currently produced are Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling Icewine and several red blends including the ultra premium Mer'r'iym Meritage blend. These grapes come from the Band's own Inkameep Vineyard as well as the vineyard that surrounds the winery.