• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2014

    92 points – From long, warm, even vintage, this Syrah co-fermented with a small portion of white Viognier, then aged 20 months in American and French oak. It has a soft but billowing and classic syrah nose of black cherry, chocolate, licorice, loads of pepper and smoked meat. It is full bodied, smooth and rich – a bit soft in the middle with firm, fine tannin and some alcohol heat. Also shows a lick of granitic minerality on the finish. The length is excellent.

  • Natalie Maclean

    Vanessa Syrah 2014

    92 points – “A juicy BC red wine with luscious flavours of black strawberry, anise, violets, smoke and spice. Full-bodied with layers of smooth flavour. Alcohol is high at 14.8%, but the wine can handle it and remains balanced. Polished tannins. Pair with grilled lamb. Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Syrah 2014

    92 points – “The Syrah was co-fermented with 10% Viognier. The wine was aged for 20 months in new and second-use American and French oak barrels. Svelte in texture, the wine begins with aromas of plum and fig. On the rich palate, there are flavours of black cherry mingled with deli meats and spices, along with a touch of black pepper.”

  • Daenna Van Mulligen

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    94 points – “Muscular, silky, succulent. Made under the guidance of winemaker Howard Soon, this wine hails from the poor, rocky hillside soils of the southerly Similkameen Valley. The vineyard is owned by John Welson and Suki Sekhon and they grow five varieties on 75-acres of rocky and sloped, well-drained soils. The second vintage is as outstanding as the first; substantial and savoury. Notes of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry intertwine with sarsaparilla, peppery spices, bay leaf, mocha and smoked sausage. It is developed and smoothly woven; sweet and succulent. A muscular wine with a silky texture and a powerful and persistent finish.”