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Painted Rock Syrah 2013

Canada, British Columbia
93 GM 93 Points (Globe and Mail)
92 WA 92 Points (WineAlign)
91 D 91 Points (Decanter (UK))
91 WA 91 Points (WineAlign)
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
¥8,800  (incl. tax)
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.0%
Product Code B006R00213
UPC 626990105855
Inventory In Stock (10)
93Globe and Mail
93 points, Beppi Crosariol,   All muscle and no flab, this full-bodied red shares something else in common with a male Renaissance statue: a smoothly buffed surface. On the nose, the 2013 syrah is a cracked-pepper extravaganza, with a whiff of Mediterranean herbs to round out the Rhône-like bouquet. Perfectly ripe, the fruit suggests blackberry jam and plum, joined by notes of coffee and chocolate. It's all kept firm by polished, integrated tannins and a judicious tug of acidity. Approachable now, the wine should evolve gracefully for at least a decade. Tasted 2016.
92 points, Sara d'Amato,   A tremendously aromatic nose of fresh cracked black pepper, violets and wild herbs. Earthy with a sensual muskiness and a tight, taught palate. Lean in a muscular sense with great focus. Youthful with firm but not unripe tannins and concentrated but not heavy fruit. Its evolution should be intriguing. The floral finish is persistent and pleasurable. Tasted August 2015.
91Decanter (UK)
91 pts - Steven Spurrier Richly spicy yet smooth on the palate, this has a silkiness of texture and holds great promise for the future. Drinking Window 2016 - 2023
91 points, John Szabo, MS,    The style change between the 2012 and 2013 Painted Rock syrah is a study in vintage variation, and perhaps shifting philosophy. In any case the 2013 is a wine of more finely detailed nuances, certainly still tightly wound in the reductive house style, but already wonderfully perfumed in the typical cool climate register of cracked white and black pepper, lavender and mediterranean scrub. Tannins are finely woven and neatly stitched, acids are lively and crisp and the length lingers nicely. Clearly heading in the right direction. I'd like to see this again in another 2-4 years. Fine stuff. Tasted August 2015.


BC VQA Okanagan Valley


Producer Description


Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world’s finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980’s “Vinifera Program” (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vinifera) that convinced the Skinner’s that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found “The Black Hawk”, a spectacular 56 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once “the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth”. The orchard had been felled in the 1980’s and had lain fallow since.

Detailed analysis of the property occurred for the next year while the site was prepared and the property was planted in 2005.  Envisioned as a family-run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest “terroir” in the world and it was their job to deliver on its promise.   From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, “If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness. That's why we are 100% Estate."

Our Vineyard

1 vineyard: Our estate sits atop a 56 acre bench. Currently 27 acres are planted.

52,500 plants: The majority were planted in 2005, with small infill plantings done in 2006, 2009, 2018 and an additional Chardonnay block planted in 2017. High density plantings with 2,100 plants per acre at 7’x3’ spacing.

15 clones + 3 Rootstocks: Our clones and rootstock were sourced and propagated from a Bordeaux nursery. Each variety has at least two clones planted to offer blending opportunities and complexity.


  • West sloping bench
  • Surrounding amphitheatre of rock
  • Lake reflection
  • East-west planting strategy
  • Natural pest eliminators


  • Top soil
  • Layers of glacial silt, clay, sand and volcanic ash deposits
  • Underlying gravels


  • No pesticides used
  • Root training used to reduce irrigation
  • Labour intensive vigor pruning strategy implemented


Our pursuit of pure terroir expression.

  • Uncompromising. Since our beginning a conscious decision has been made to never cut corners. Our property has the potential and it is up to us to realize it.
  • Collaborative winemaking. Consultant Alain Sutre of Ertus Consulting in Bordeaux oversees the vineyard and winemaking team, lead locally by Gabriel Reis.
  • 100% single varietal wines. All varietally labelled wines are true single varieties.
  • Hand harvested. To ensure pristine berries, only undamaged clusters are harvested, gently destemmed and hand sorted.
  • No transportation. With our winery and vineyard onsite, there is no travel or delay between harvesting and processing, and no environmental impact from grape transportation.
  • Unfiltered. Our red wines are never filtered to ensure their most complete expression.
  • Renewable Energy. Solar panels were installed on our winery in 2017 to provide the power needs for the estate.
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