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Creekside Syrah 2019

Canada, Ontario
90 WA
90 WA

Nine months in barrel (mostly older French and Hungarian oak) before bottling. 2019 was a cooler year in Niagara, so we are definitely at the Syrah end of the spectrum here. You’ll get red raspberry fruit on the nose, with all kinds of savoury notes: salami charcuterie, black pepper, teriyaki umami and an earthy undertone. On the palate, the raspberries turn black. That savoury character carries through over a mid-bodied frame with pleasing acidity on a long finish. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Creekside Estate Winery
Vintage 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
¥2,860 ¥2,574

Nine months in barrel (mostly older French and Hungarian oak) before bottling. 2019 was a cooler year in Niagara, so we are definitely at the Syrah end of the spectrum here. You’ll get red raspberry fruit on the nose, with all kinds of savoury notes: salami charcuterie, black pepper, teriyaki umami and an earthy undertone. On the palate, the raspberries turn black. That savoury character carries through over a mid-bodied frame with pleasing acidity on a long finish. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Creekside Estate Winery
Vintage 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12%
Product Code A012R00119
UPC 819761001870
Inventory In Stock (138)
Tag(s)  Monthly Sale
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Ripe Black Raspberry, freshly-grated nutmeg and dark chocolate flood the nose creating a familiar memory of Black Forest Cake. Mouth-watering acidity vaults savoury garden herbs forward on the palate, while a firm tannin structure props up the mid and back palate with notes of cinnamon bark, fresh red current sweet cedar wood.

Pairing

Salami would be a good start, but this vegan-friendly wine will also play happily with anything on the savoury side, whether meaty or not. Lentil ragout, smoked portobello mushroom burgers, even a Szechuan stirfry?      

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
90WineAlign
Silver, National Wine Awards of Canada 2022
90WineAlign
John Szabo, MS Peppery, weedy, herbal, zesty I suppose, lightly reductive, more pale red colour relatively. Crunchy, peppery, lively, a leaner cool climate style with terrific acids. Tasted blind at the National Wine Awards of Canada October 2021
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Penninsula

Vintage Notes

2019 was a cooler year in Niagara, so we are definitely at the Syrah end of the spectrum here.

Viticulture

pick dates: Fruithaven October 19 2019, Smith Oct. 21 & 26, our Queenston Road vineyard Oct. 26 & 29  

Vinification

  • fermentation: stainless tanks and 1-tonne bins
  • bottling date: multiple dates starting August 6 2020
  • production: 3360 cases
  • sugar: 3.9 g/L
  • alcohol: 12.0%
  • pH: 3.58
  • TA: 7.20 g/L
Producer

Producer Description

Creekside Estate Winery opened in 1997 in small-town Jordan, Ontario.  The Winery is run by a passionate (some say fanatical) group of industry veterans who have decades of experience in their respective fields. The team of self-described cork dorks love what they do, and have fun doing it. 

Early on the darlings of the Creekside portfolio were, like the people who created them, a little outside of the mainstream fold; Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah are the signature wines.  Creekside has also developed a cult following for its Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend and Ontario’s award winning Broken Press Syrah.

Despite being considered viticulturally off-kilter for the region these 2 grapes showed promise and the early successes spurred further investment in the vineyard and cellar.  

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