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Kacaba Vineyards Silver Bridge Syrah 2017

Kacaba Vineyards Winery

The Syrah varietal and the history of Kacaba Vineyards have been intertwined since the winery’s inception. From their first Syrah plantings back in 1997 to the first bottling in 2000, Kacaba has lead the field with significant success with this varietal. Awards include “Best Red Wine” at the Canadian Wine Awards. The 2017 Silver Bridge Syrah is the oldest block of Syrah on the Kacaba Vineyards property. After ample work developing the vineyard lands in 1995/96 Michael Kacaba’s next venture was a flight to Northern California to purchase his first Syrah vines (Clone 7, rootstock 3309). The Silver Bridge block consists of six rows (#14-20) on the main slope nearest to the winery. These can be seen directly ahead as you cross over the silver Bailey bridge when entering the property. WINEMAKING NOTES: 2017 was a bountiful year for grape growing; premium minded vintners secured high quality fruit with proper vineyard maintenance. All fruit for this small batch wine started with hand-harvesting to assure top quality. After a gentle destemming process the Syrah fruit was co-fermented with a small amount of estate-grown Viognier to improve its aromatics, as well as to add meaty undertones to the palate and to round the wine’s mouthfeel. During its fermentation, gentle manual punch-downs were conducted two to three times daily to extract tannins without aggressive harshness. Ageing was conducted in a combination of French & American oak barrels for 12 months before bottling to add greater complexity and round out its silky texture. TASTING NOTES: Subtle aromas of cedar, mixed spice, and mocha drift easily from this polished, well-paced Syrah. It caresses the palate with a balanced wash of pie cherry and ripe blueberry robed in excellent acidity with lip-smacking tang and wisps of peppery spice. This red is marked by purity of fruit, creamy-smooth texture, deft balance, absolutely no rough edges and mouth-watering aftertaste.
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Kacaba Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Kacaba Vineyards Winery

WINEMAKER NOTES: Starting in the vineyard all grapes were hand picked at peak ripeness to craft this wine. The fruit was then hand sorted before being processed. To achieve maximum complexity, the 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir was inoculated using multiple yeast strains for its fermentation. After a gentle destemming, the fruit was divided into several small fermentation vessels. Each then received varying yeast strains selected to bring out the best characteristics of Pinot Noir. Most of the yeast strains used originate from Burgundy and are considered ideal for Pinot Noir. Some tend to produce ample cherry and fruit aromatics. Others are known to enhance colour extraction from skins along with creating textbook varietal characters as well as structure and finesse. After fermentation the grapes were gently pressed and the wine was blended together marrying the individual components. After cold settling the wine is then racked into barrels for ageing. After spending 16 months in some newer and some older French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels the Pinot Noir was racked and bottled April of 2019. “By using multiple yeasts additional complexity can be obtained while maintaining varietal character. Yes, it does pose a greater level of effort during the fermentation process, but in the end the wine benefits from our labours. No Kacaba Pinot Noir is the same. Each vintage is unique and challenging and the techniques used are based upon the initial fruit and its qualities.” – Winemaker, John Tummon TASTING NOTES: Bright and lively aromatics show energetic cherry, raspberry and cedar initially. Hints of baking spice including star anise follow though balancing the nose giving weight and balance. On the palate structured tannins, cedar and hints of earthiness allude to great cellaring potential. Waves of vibrant red currant, cranberry and cherry complement its muscular beginning. A long complex finish shows the quality and depth of this wine. Enjoy this wine now or cellar up to 2027.
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