Cabernet Merlot 2014
Released: July 2016
Bouquet: Blackberry and dark plums with toasted cedar notes.
Palate: Luscious blackberry and plums with complexing black pepper and cured meat notes.
Food Pairings: Red meats.
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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were from our estate and Osoyoos vineyards, harvested on the 10th of November and the 30th of October. The Merlot came from our Oliver and Osoyoos vineyards on the 27th and 13th of October respectively. The blend also has some Malbec, which came from our Osoyoos vineyards and harvested on the 13th of October. The average Brix was 24.
All lots of fruit were picked and vinified separately. After de-stemming the whole berries underwent a cold soak in a stainless steel tank to extract colour. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation in barrel and was then aged for 14 months in both French and American Oak, with only 16% new oak to allow the grippy tannins and flavours to balance out. The wine was then blended in tank, filtered and bottled. This year the Cab Sauv was quite ripe and gives more dark fruit aromas to the blend whereas the Merlot and Malbec add bright red fruits. The leathery toasted notes from barrel ageing hold it all together nicely.
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|2013||Gold||National Wine Awards of Canada 2016|
|2013||Gold||BC Best of Varietal 2016|
|2011||Bronze||National Wine Awards of Canada 2014|
|2011||Bronze||BC Wine Awards 2014|
|2010||Gold||All Canadian Wine Championships 2013|
|2010||Silver||Intervin International Wine Awards 2013|
|2010||Top 25 Wines for Cornucopia 2013||Cornucopia 2013|
|2010||Bronze||National Wine Awards of Canada 2013|
|2010||Bronze||BC Wine Awards 2013|
|2009||Silver||Canadian Wine Awards 2012|
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|2008||Silver||Canadian Wine Awards 2010|
|2008||Best Red Wine of the Year / Double Gold||All Canadian Wine Championships 2011|
|2007||Silver||All Canadian Wine Championships 2010|
|2006||Bronze||Canadian Wine Awards 2008|
|2006||Bronze||OWFS Fall 2008|
|2005||Gold||OWFS Fall 2007|
|2005||Bronze||Canadian Wine Awards 2007|
|2004||Gold||All Canadian Wine Championships 2006|
|2004||Best Canadian Red||International Value Wine Awards 2006|
|2004||Best Red Blends||International Value Wine Awards 2006|
|2004||Bronze||OWFS Fall 2006|
|2003||Highly Recommended||OWFS Spring 2005|