Cabernet Merlot 2016
Released: June 2018
Cassis, blueberry and leather, with chocolate and coffee notes.
Dark fruit, dried herbs, and cocoa.
Beef, lamb, venison, duck or mushroom dishes.
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The 2016 growing season jumped off to a fast start, and it was all the vineyard team could do to keep up with the rapidly growing vines. Thankfully, the season steadied with a cooler than usual July, which allowed for a longer hang time on the grapes to allow the flavours to develop while maintaining a balanced acid profile in the fruit.
The Merlot for the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was hand harvested from the Jose Vineyard in Osoyoos and from our estate vineyard on the Skaha Bench, with the Cabernet Sauvignon components from the Suncrest Vineyard in Oliver, followed again by the fruit from the Jose Vineyard in Osoyoos and our neighbours on the Skaha Bench. After 14 months in a mix of French, American and Eastern European oak the blend reached its ideal profile of structure and body, creating a wonderful vintage.
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|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|