Nothing Sacred - Meritage 2014

Released: September 2016

Bouquet: Raspberry and blackberry, sweet vanilla and fruit cake, with a hint of cedar.
Palate: Raspberry, blackberry, and black pepper. Full bodied, with a great acidic backbone and slightly grippy tannins.
Food Pairings: Red meats, such as roast beef, steak and prime rib.

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Harvest Notes

The 2014 is the fifth release of this meritage blend (none was released in 2012 or 2013). The wine is comprised of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Sauv, and Malbec. Normally the harvesting of these varieties occurs during the month of October, however in 2014 the harvest started slightly early but hung on for a long time: The harvest date for the blend started Sept 23rd and finished Nov 3rd! The grapes harvested early showed berry flavours and an acidic backbone, while those harvested later showed concentrated flavours and tannins. The average Brix was 24.

Winemaking

Each parcel of fruit was harvested, fermented and aged in barrel separately. The grapes were destemmed but not crushed; this leaves whole berries in the must to increase fruitiness. Ferment vessel and size varied with the varieties. The berries were gently broken open through hand punch downs or pump overs of the cap which occurs 2-4 times daily. Once ferment was complete, the grapes went through an extended maceration period to extract the right amount of tannins (this is decided by taste). The wine was pressed off the skins and barreled down to complete Malolactic fermentation in French and American barrique oak barrels. The barrel groups were tasted and those showing exceptionally well were selected for the Nothing Sacred. After 19 months of ageing (80% French oak, 60% 1st fill; 20% American oak 1st fill) the wine was racked out of barrel to blend, then returned to barrel to marry for another month before being bottling – unfined and unfiltered!

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Vintage Award Competition
2014 Gold BC Best of Varietal 2017
2014 Gold BC Wine Awards 2016
2014 Silver All Canadian Wine Championships 2017
2010 Silver Intervin International Wine Awards 2014
2010 Bronze BC Wine Awards 2013
2009 Winner Intervin International Wine Awards 2013
2009 Silver National Wine Awards of Canada 2013
2008 Silver National Wine Awards of Canada 2011
2007 Gold All Canadian Wine Championships 2010
2007 Silver Canadian Wine Awards 2010
2007 Bronze OWFS Fall 2009