2014 Black Swift Vineyards Monarch Vy. Syrah Reviews

‘As time goes on I love to hear things like Monarch Vineyard is in the central flats of the Osoyoos Bench. Ah yes – location. It seems it matters. Even if the Osoyoos Bench is yet to be delineated as a sub-appellation it has ‘central flats’ sitting within it. Guess what? It is one of the hottest and sunniest locations in all of BC, seemingly made for syrah. After 30 months in American oak, 66 percent new, this seemingly Australian-style shiraz is nothing but obese. Tight-grained Montana oak, described as being closer to Slovenian oak (think big Tuscan reds) helps to contain the fruit rather than let it spill out of its sides. The days are warm, but the nights are cooler, so again, less Oz more Rhone. In fact, it’s another Next World Okanagan red mixing fresh peppery notes, fine acidity and plenty of ripe blueberry that finishes mostly dry. You can add another one to the expanding list of top-flight Okanagan syrah.

91 pointsAnthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine March 14 2018