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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Winemaking

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.

Harvest Notes

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.

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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
2009 Bronze BC Wine Awards 2012
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