Over the past 15 years, I have had the great pleasure to collaborate with Otis Holt, owner and mastermind of Calypso Vineyard. Only 3 or so acres, it is a very complex and rewarding site that is, in my opinion, perfect for Syrah. In fact, when I first met Otis and tasted his home-made Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, I told him it was a Syrah site as I had seen these three varieties successfully grown side-by side in the past.
There is a nice savory-forward nose, much like Northern Rhône. While black pepper, herbs, dark fruits lurk, but they are surrounded by a delightful non-fruit elements. A good wine to insert into a blind tasting of Old World Syrahs, this will surprise many people and could win a lot of bets as to its origin. I’m just so happy to be able to work with this, I feel like I won a bet without even trying.