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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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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|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|