RKS Wine: Creekside Estate Winery 2017 Iconoclast Syrah

Can Niagara produce a quality Syrah? When it comes to quality red wines in Ontario I put my hand up to get the attention of the Wine Gods and respond I think Ontario can excel with Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc but aside from that? So stone me to death for daring to speak my mind. I have tested my thesis on many a Liquor Control Board of Ontario Vintages consultant and just about all agree with this assessment. Sure there are some decent Merlots and Pinot Noirs but the Okanagan is where I will go for those. But before you let that stone fly at my noggin I plead for forgiveness and say I haven’t given up yet.

Trying now a Creekside Estate Winery 2017 Iconoclast Syrah from St. David’s Bench in Niagara. A great nose brimming with blackberries, blueberries and Cott Black Cherry Cola. Houston do we have a winner here or will there be a King Richard moment when a spoilt Icon comes up and bashes my face for slighting his beloved Niagara Syrah’s?

On the palate the wine more or less falls apart saying, “Ontario ari ari o is no place for Syrah”. No fruit just a very empty and dilute finish. Back to the drawing board!

(Creekside Estate Winery 2017 Iconoclast Syrah, VQA St. David’s Bench, Creekside Estate Winery, Jordan, Ontario, $25, (buy at the winery or have them ship it to you) 750 mL, 13.3%. RKS Wine Rating 79/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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