Cabernet Merlot 2015

Released: April 2017

Bouquet: Red plums, dark cherries with vanilla toasted oak notes and a hint of eucalyptus.
Palate: Luscious plum and blackberry followed by cherries and toasted oak.
Food Pairings: Red meats such as roast lamb or BBQ'd steaks, smoked meats and even dark chocolate.

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Harvest Notes

The 2015 season started off mild, increasing the possibility for a drought season. Spring arrived and life came back to the vineyard in a rapid pace, offering the most growing degree days for the Okanagan Valley in a short period of time. The buds swelled early, pressuring us to monitor for cutworms and early frost. Above average temperatures throughout mid-spring and summer allowed the vines to flourish. 

Winemaking

A new record was set at Blasted Church for earliest harvest, with our sparkling grapes coming off first. The remainder of the grapes were analytically ready, but still developing their flavour characteristics, thus began the game with Mother Nature to see if the Brix/TA/pH would continue to rise as flavours began to develop. Even with the above challenges, the vineyard team brought in clean, flavourful fruit for our winemaking team to create a wonderful vintage.

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Vintage Award Competition
2015 Silver BC Wine Awards 2017
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