Cabernet Merlot 2016

Released: June 2018

Bouquet: Cassis, blueberry and leather, with chocolate and coffee notes.
Palate: Dark fruit, dried herbs, and cocoa.
Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, venison, duck or mushroom dishes.

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Harvest Notes

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. 

Winemaking

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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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