Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Rich and robust, the fruit for this wine was selected from amongst our most mature Merlot vines on our estate. Deep aromas of dark cherry, cassis, vanilla, cocoa and sagebrush lead to a palate of cherry, plum, malt and light toffee. A lingering, complex finish with well-balanced tannins, this vintage can be enjoyed now or will cellar well to 2024. Pairs nicely with warm winter stew or a cumin spiced homemade burger.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015 growing season was one of the warmest on record, with harvest commencing approximately 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Precision viticulture with careful canopy management, targeted leaf removal, shoot positioning, and controlled drip irrigation, helped supplement the development of these mature Merlot vines. Cooler evenings in the autumn slowed down the ripening process, resulting in ideal ripeness and acid balance for this reserve wine.
Winemaking notes: Our Block 2 Merlot represents some of the oldest vines on our Estate, which were planted in the early 1970s. These old vines are a pleasure to work with in the cellar. Cropped to lower yields, its small berries display maximum flavours and intense aromatics. Specially selected yeast strains of old world origin express the unique terroir of our valley. This premium Golden Mile fruit was put through an extended maceration and fermented to dryness. Malolactic fermentation gently softens the wine prior to barrel aging. Carefully selected French and American barrels of our best Merlot wine are laid down to age up to 16 months, which bring complexity and add layers to the finished wine.
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