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13th Street Reserve Syrah 2020

Canada, Ontario
94 NWA
94 WA
93 WA

Platinum Medal - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022 (1% of entered wines)!

Savory and juicy syrah with wide appeal - there's much to admire for fans of more old world style syrah.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
¥6,600

Platinum Medal - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022 (1% of entered wines)!

Savory and juicy syrah with wide appeal - there's much to admire for fans of more old world style syrah.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A003R02020
Inventory In Stock (30)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Garnet in the glass with deep and complex aromas of ripe raspberry, fresh cracked pepper and smoke with notes of fresh meat, forest floor and granite. The palate is rich with concentrated flavours of raspberry, black olives, savoury herbs, spiced chocolate and fresh cracked pepper with soft tannins and balancing acidity. The finish is long with lingering notes of pepper and drying tannins.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2033

Press
94National Wine Awards of Canada
Platinum Medal - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022 (1% of entered wines)
94WineAlign
Michael Godel.  Juicy syrah with wide appeal. Pork sausage with fennel, as it tastes and would like to happen alongside. Fresh and with ultimate drink-ability. Savoury, of foraged fungi and gravitas. Professional yet proud and profound. Drink 2023-2027. Tasted blind at NWAC2022, June 2022
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John Szabo, MS. I like the savoury aspect here, the integrated wood, the mix of both red and black fruit, the firm texture, the juicy acids, the very good length - there's much to admire here, for fans of more old world style syrah. Tasted blind at the NWAC awards June 2022.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagra Pennisula

Vintage Notes

Winter of 2020 started with warmer than average temperatures from January through March followed by a cooler than average April. Bud break was in the second and third week of May. From thereon, temperatures increased and the summer months were above average temperatures with little precipitation, allowing for full phenolic development. Harvest remained dry and sunny with cool nights, important for maintaining acidity. There was little to no disease pressure, resulting in clean and ripe fruit. Harvest started in the second week of September with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for sparkling, followed quickly by aromatic whites and then later ripening whites. Gamay was the first red variety harvested in early-to-mid October followed closely by Pinot Noir and Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were the last varieties to be harvested, taking place the last week of October through early November. Berry size was recognized to be smaller than previous years with an intense dark colour, suggesting the potential for increased concentration of flavour and colour extraction. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.

Viticulture

Sourced from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula, our Reserve Syrah 2020 was harvested in early October at an average of 23.3° brix.

Vinification

Crushed and destemmed before cold soak, followed by alcoholic fermentation and maceration in stainless steel over 30 days. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a selection of French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.  The wine was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling in February 2022.

Production Amount

3096
Producer

Producer Description

Discover 13th Street Winery

Originally started by four amateur winemaker friends the winery was purchased in 2008 by the current owners: John & June Mann and Doug & Karen Whitty. Both families have deep roots in the Niagara community.

13th Street Winery evolved from a desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Niagara, while also providing a place for guests to congregate and escape; to relax and discover; and to experience and learn. Owners, partners, and friends Doug and Karen Whitty and John and June Mann share a common love of wine, food, art, and a genuine heart for hospitality. It was this shared appreciation that brought them together and inspired the vision for 13th Street Winery.

Both families have established roots in Niagara and a strong commitment to the community. Doug Whitty is the third generation to be operating the family farm in St. Catharines, which was originally established in 1908. John Mann has been involved in farming for over 30 years, while also building a very successful automotive dealership network in St. Catharines and the surrounding areas.

Winemaker l Jean-Pierre Colas

Jean-Pierre Colas is one of the most talented French trained winemakers in the business. His winemaking philosophy is quite simple. 

He believes that great wines come from the best grapes grown in the best vineyards, whereas winemaking techniques are only utilized to supplement and capture the very essence of the grapes’ provenance and character. With this philosophy in mind, JP excels at crafting high-quality red wines paramount to the Niagara peninsula: Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Likewise, JP guides the production of exceptional white wines, including world class Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer.

In his home country of France, JP worked at the notable Chablis house, Domaine Laroche, where he produced Wine Spectator Magazine’s 1998 White Wine of the Year, an award he received for his Domaine Laroche Grand Cru Les Clos 1996. Also in 1998, Jean-Pierre was awarded the Best Wine in the Wine Enthusiast, Grand Cru Chablis Blanchots “Reserve de l’obedience” 1996 (99 pts).

Between France and his current residency at 13th Street, Jean-Pierre travelled and worked extensively around the world, including Carmen Vineyards in Chile, Bodegas Chandon in Argentina, and Oyster Bay Winery in New Zealand. He has studied and worked under a number of exceptional winemakers including Michel Givors in Morgon, Beaujolais and Gilbert Picq, and Michel Laroche in Chablis, Burgundy.

In 2018, Jean-Pierre received White Wine of the Year and a Gold Medal for Premier Cuvée 2012 at the 2018 Ontario Wine Awards.

Vineyards

13th Street is Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Certified Each vintage. 100% of the wines produced by 13th Street Winery are made from fruit sourced exclusively in the Niagara Peninsula with 85% or more coming from their own vineyards. Their very first vines were planted at the 13th Street Vineyard in 1976. In the years since, they’ve planted Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Gris and now have amassed more than 40 acres of estate vineyards in the VQA Creek Shores appellation of Niagara.

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