Nothing Sacred - Meritage 2015
Released: September 2017
Palate: Black cherry, berry, and plum followed by cedar and chocolate.
Food Pairings: Red meat.
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The 2015 growing season was the warmest vintage on record. Bud break and flowering started earlier than usual due to unseasonably warm spring temperatures, followed by unseasonably warm summer temperatures. With the hot and dry growing conditions, veraison was underway and complete before anyone had a chance to blink. After verasion, the fruit continued to develop rapidly and was physiologically ripe well ahead of the expectations of anyone in the Valley. From start to finish, the 2015 vintage was a mad dash to harvest the fruit while preserving the ideal balance between sugar, acid, and flavour.
Each varietal was hand harvested and destemmed into tank without crushing. The Merlot was harvested first, followed by the Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and finally the Petit Verdot. The 2015 growing season gave us a unique opportunity to co-ferment a tank of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc - one barrel of which was used in the final blend. After a 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 each tank. The wines were then left on skins for a week of post-fermentation maceration before being drained and pressed into French oak barrels, of which 63% was new. After 16 months, the wines were pulled from barrel, blended together into the final composition, then put back in barrel for an additional 6 months of aging. Finally, the wine was racked into tank in preparation for bottling - unfined and unfiltered.