Merlot 2015

Released: September 2017

Bouquet: Ripe plum, cola, chocolate, blueberry, and blackberry, leaning towards stewed fruit and jam.
Palate: Rich, ripe plum, chocolate, and dark berries with a plush, unctuous mouthfeel.
Food Pairings: Grilled steaks and roasted mushrooms or a rich tomato-based pasta.

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Harvest Notes

From start to finish, the 2015 vintage was a mad dash to bring your fruit in while preserving the ideal balance between sugar, acid, and flavour. The Merlot ripened beautifully, producing round, plush wines with great colour, intensity, and structure. Our 2015 Merlot is a blend from three different vineyards, each contributing a different profile to the final wine. The fruit from the Jose vineyard in Osoyoos contributed great ripeness and a rich mouthfeel, while the fruit from Oliver gave us structure, and our estate vineyard Merlot provided amazing fruit character to the wine.


Each block was hand harvested and brought to the winery where it was destemmed into tank without crushing. After a four to five day cold soak, during which time the juice was pumped over once daily, fermentation kicked off and pump overs were increased to two or three times daily, depending on the needs of the individual fermentations. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was left on skins for a week of post-fermentation maceration before being drained and pressed into a mix of French and American oak, of which 30% was new, for 20 months before being racked out of barrel and into tank in preparation for bottling.

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Vintage Award Competition
2015 Bronze BC Wine Awards 2017
2014 Gold National Wine Awards of Canada 2017
2014 Bronze Intervin International Wine Awards 2016
2013 Gold BC Wine Awards 2015
2013 Silver BC Best of Varietal 2016
2012 Honours Intervin International Wine Awards 2014
2012 Gold All Canadian Wine Championships 2015
2010 Winner Intervin International Wine Awards 2013
2010 Silver National Wine Awards of Canada 2013
2009 Gold All Canadian Wine Championships 2012
2009 Bronze Canadian Wine Awards 2012
2009 Bronze BC Wine Awards 2012
2008 Bronze National Wine Awards of Canada 2011
2007 Silver All Canadian Wine Championships 2009
2007 Finalist The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines 2009
2007 Bronze OWFS Fall 2009
2007 Finalist BC Best of Varietal 2011
2006 Silver Canadian Wine Awards 2010
2005 Silver Canadian Wine Awards 2007
2005 Silver OWFS Fall 2007
2005 Highly Recommended OWFS Spring 2007
2004 Gold OWFS Fall 2006
2004 Silver LA County Fair 2006
2004 Best Canadian Red International Value Wine Awards 2006
2004 Highly Recommended OWFS Spring 2006
2004 Bronze Canadian Wine Awards 2006
2003 Highly Recommended OWFS Spring 2005
2003 Bronze Canadian Wine Awards 2005
2002 Gold All Canadian Wine Championships 2004
2002 Bronze Canadian Wine Awards 2004