Merlot 2016


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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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 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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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