2012 Essence Syrah

2012 Essence Syrah


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2012 Essence Syrah



Sourced mainly from the Wismer Vineyard in Vineland with a small amount from AJ Lepp nearer to Niagara on the Lake. Manually harvested in late October and moved to the winery immediately for sorting, crushing and destemming followed by cold soaking to extract the bright fruit and floral notes. Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks lasted roughly 21 days and the wine was moved to 100% French oak barrels consisting of primarily 2nd and 3rd use with some older wood. After malolactic fermentation was completed, the wine rested on fine lees with regular racking for 14 months when the final blend was conceived and the wine was bottled.

A truly delicious young Syrah which can be enjoyed now after decanting. It will pair well with slow-roasted Canadian game meats, suckling pig and aged firm mountain sheep and cow’s milk cheeses. You may prefer to cellar this wine for 3 to 5 years and revisit it at that time to experience additional complexity that comes with time.


Michael Godel Winealign.com

93 points

“Fruit was sourced mainly from Wismer Vineyard (Vineland) and a smaller proportion from AJ Lepp (Niagara-on-the-Lake) for this dry as the desert Syrah of deep extract, warmth and density of fruit. All set upon a highly tannic frame, with every indication that longevity will be its best friend, as much as any red has ever been produced in Ontario. A formidable vulcanization marks the entry, a not so inappropriate entreaty to beg for time and lots of it. The current pavane of fruit is exhibitive of excruciating physical reticence though behind the wall there is more than enough indicators to stand the test of time. No new oak (though the Essence saw an extended slumber in three to four year old barrels) has allowed the tapestry of intertwined layers to set up shop and dig in for the long haul. If big-boned Syrah and Niagara are in your cellar plans, this 13th Street 2012 has to have a prominent place. Drink 2020-2027. Tasted April 2015.”

Rick VanSickle winesinniagara.com/

93 points

“Winemaker J.P. Colas hits a home run with this warm-vintage beauty from the Wismer Vineyard, a funky, rock ‘n’ roll mass of roasted meats, black currants, boysenberry, earth, loam, saddle leather, campfire smoke and spice on the nose. It’s wild and untethered on the palate with dark fruits that mingle with earth, spice and tar that’s all lifted by racy cool-climate acidity. A big wine that needs a bit of taming in the cellar. Say five years to reap its rewards?”