Varieties: Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Aromas of caramel, pepper and toast lead to a palate of creamy dark fruit, light pepper and vanilla oak. This wine is full and round on the palate and long on the finish. Pair with leg of lamb or BBQ lamburgers with blue cheese.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; in fact, Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were the highest ever recorded in May. These warm, dry conditions resulted in bud break being two weeks earlier than anticipated. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; it was, in fact, the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure, making the 2016 vintage outstanding for both whites and reds. Harvest commenced in early September, much earlier than normal.
Winemaking notes: Ideal weather conditions that lasted into Fall resulted in balanced and integrated dark fruit flavours in the four red grape varietals used in this blend. Fermented separately to extract colour and ripe tannins, the lots underwent a 12-day maceration at 25-28° C, followed by full malolactic fermentation. After blending, the wine was aged for 6-8 months in a combination of French and American oak.
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