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Black Market The Syndicate 2018

Canada, British Columbia
93 BCW
Black Market The Syndicate 2018

A syndicate is a collaboration of individuals working toward a shared interest. The age-old practice of blending wines is done with a similar purpose, hence the name we’ve chosen for our flagship red wine. In The Syndicate, the individual varietals are working together to elevate the depth and complexity of the finished wine.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Black Market Wine Co
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 41%, Cabernet Franc 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Petit Verdot 15%
¥4,730

A syndicate is a collaboration of individuals working toward a shared interest. The age-old practice of blending wines is done with a similar purpose, hence the name we’ve chosen for our flagship red wine. In The Syndicate, the individual varietals are working together to elevate the depth and complexity of the finished wine.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Black Market Wine Co
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 41%, Cabernet Franc 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Petit Verdot 15%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13,8%
Product Code B020R00118
UPC 626990199342
Inventory In Stock (99)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

An elegant, well-balanced wine with aromas and flavours of black currant, plum, dark chocolate, cedar and tobacco. Firm tannins with a hint of acidity, and a long finish. Smooth and rich in texture and approachable now, this wine will blossom with another 5 years in the bottle.

Pairing

The Syndicate is always destined to be a food wine. We achieved a balanced wine with enough acidity and tannins to enjoy with a variety of foods, especially with grilled or roasted red meats.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
93BC Wine Trends
An elegant, well-balanced wine with aromas of chocolate, ripe plum, sweet spices and a touch of mint. The 2018 vintage has slightly more oak than the previous vintage. There are flavours of black currant, red cherry, dark chocolate, tobacco and earthy undertones. Subtle tannins with a hint of acidity, and a long finish. Smooth and rich in texture and approachable now, this wine will blossom with another 5 years in the bottle.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

Each varietal was fermented separately in small lots and aged for 21 months in French oak barrels, of which 40% were new.

Vinification

Step into the Old World through the New World’s front door.  This medium-bodied blend is classically structured, but brimming with vibrant Okanagan fruit. 

This wine was grown in sun-drenched vineyards in Kaleden, Osoyoos and Oliver, and harvested between October 12th and 21st.

Production Amount

3300
Producer

Producer Description

Inspired artisan wines, hand-crafted in the Heart of Wine Country.

Situated on a bench overlooking Skaha Lake in picturesque Kaleden, BC, Garagistes Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk are crafting distinctive small-lot wines. In addition to Conviction Ridge Vineyard, their organically farmed estate property, the other vineyards from which they source their grapes are responsibly and sustainably farmed by growers who care as much about quality as they do.

Fueled by passion | Driven by perfection | Unconstrained by Tradition.

For many years while still living in Calgary, Rob and Michelle would travel to the Okanagan in search of the small boutique wines that weren’t available in the Alberta market. Inevitably, they would fill their car with cases and cases of amazing wines…and “smuggle” them back across the border to share with family and friends ("smuggled' since Canada's archaic alcohol laws make it technically illegal to carry wine across provincial boundaries!). They became known as the Wine Black Marketeers, so when they set up their own winery, choosing the name was easy!

Today they are crafting beautiful small batch wines that reflect some of the best varieties of the Okanagan as well as some suprising rarer grapes that make for a distinctive portfolio!

Rob Hammersley – Owner | Winemaker

  • The Day Job:  I’m a winegrower, tending to our small vineyard in the picturesque town of Kaleden in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and hand-crafting distinctive small-batch wines.
  • The “Old” Job: A former senior corporate finance and strategy professional in the power and utilities industry. 
  • The Facts: Viticulture and Enology Certificates from Washington State University. WSET Level 3 certified. Cycling and hockey enthusiast. Hockey and ringette coach.
     

Michelle Shewchuk – Owner

  • The Day Job: Flies the friendly skies as a flight attendant with an international airline.
  • The “Side” Job: Co-conspirator of Black Market Wine Co. Voice of reason, sounding board and fresh palate.
  • The Facts: WSET Level 2 certified. Mother of 3 (4, if you include Rob). I run…a lot.
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