So this was the first time for me making notes on Sandhill and I'm not sure what the hype is about. It was a well-made wine, but >>> well, let's just say that it was a well made wine and leave it at that.
- deep plum centre
- slight strawberry/orangish brick rim suggesting light age (my guess was 2007 to 2008 and it was 2007)
- moderate+ legs indicating moderate+ alcohol (13%+)
clean nose: full- intense notes
- spice (cinnamon & anise)
- deep earth & terroir
clean palate: 0 dryness, moderate+ acid, moderate++ tannin, fully intense notes:
- spicy plums
- blackberry jam
- chalky earth
full alcohol (14.5%)
excellent length of over 10 seconds
This is a very well constructed wine, competely developed and full of gorgeous structure. However, I must admit that I prefer Syrahs/Shiraz with a touch less aggressiveness (Desert Hills is still my favorite BC Syrah to date). This is a wine that I feel demands some food to go with it, and can handle BIG food flavors... think grilled lamb, long-slow braised beef (osso bucco), garlic & rosemary, even reindeer (one of my favorites).
2007 Sandhill Syrah, BC (Naramata Bench) $22