Tannat is a robust, tannic red grape that originates from the Madiran region of France and has recently also became known as the flagship grape of the wine regions of Uruguay. Moon Curser was the first winery to plant Tannat in the Okanagan in 2005 at its Home Vineyard in Osoyoos and continues to deliver award winning bottles of Dead of Night, a blend of Tannat and Syrah, both grown on the Osoyoos East Bench.
Syrah is a red grape variety grown all over the world, but is associated in particular with the Rhône region of France, as well as Australia (Shiraz). Over the last few years, the South Okanagan has become recognized as a consistent producer of world-class, elegant and complex Syrah.
The 2019 blend is slightly heavier in Tannat, allowing for fantastic aging potential.
Our 2019 Dead of Night is comprised of seven carefully selected barrels of '19 Tannat and six of the top performing barrels of '19 Syrah. This red wine is full-bodied with a deep ruby colour in the glass and a nose of cedar, black fruit and vanilla. The palate brings out characters of blackberry, cassis and anise. The wine has fantastic structure; rich, with a gorgeous texture and depth of flavour. The well-integrated but firm tannins provide the perfect backdrop for the wine, while allowing the acidity to carry the lengthy finish. Dead of Night (surprisingly for such a well-structured wine) is approachable and drinks well upon release. However, this is also a wine that has the intensity, acid structure and tannins required to make it an excellent candidate for cellaring up to ten years.
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