Bouquet: Ripe plum, blueberry and blackberry with red berry and chocolate.
Palate: Rich, ripe plum, chocolate, and dark berries.
Food Pairings: Grilled steaks and roasted mushrooms or a rich tomato-based pasta.
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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 natural acidity in the fruit.
Our 2016 Merlot is a blend from four different vineyards, each contributing a unique profile to the final wine. The fruit from the Carlson Vineyard in Oliver contributed great ripeness and a rich mouthfeel, while the fruit from the Ashe and Jose vineyards in Osoyoos gave us tremendous fruit and structure, while our estate vineyard Merlot provided great balance and freshness to the wine. Each block was hand harvested and brought to the winery where it was destemmed into tank without crushing. After four to five day cold soaks, during which time the juice was pumped over once daily, the fermentations kicked off and pump overs were increased to two or three times daily, depending on the needs of the individual fermentations.
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|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|