2012 No. 23 Crosswinds Syrah 1.5L
Thick layers of blackberries, black currants, and black plums mixed with espresso, sage, and tobacco. Dusty tannins on the finish.
FPS Clone 7, French Clone 877
October 2012 from our Oliver (69%) and Osoyoos (31%) Estate vineyards
Our Crosswinds Syrah is one of two wines in the Terroir Collection that is farmed at two distinct vineyard estate properties. The percentage changes with the vintage quality to ensure that the optimum flavour is in the bottle. A mix of new and old French oak affords a plushness on the palate that extends to the finish. This wine will age well over the next 3-5 years.
The 2012 season started well and early Spring conditions were settled with a couple of chilly mornings, but no frost damage. Bud break was nearly on time, but June brought cooler weather with consistent, intermittent rainfall – nearly half of the normal annual precipitation. A warm and dry summer ensured ideal fruit development resulting in slightly reduced workloads in our vineyards. Yields were spot-on and summer pruning (leaf-thinning, etc.) was not as involved as in previous years. Veraison took place under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid- August to the end of September. The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather allowed the grapes to develop thick skins and gave rise to expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. Cabernet and Merlot flavours in particular were well developed at an earlier stage of sugar ripeness than in previous years, allowing us to harvest earlier and setting up the winemaking team to create wines that reflect the personality of the vintage, and of course, Mission Hill.