Grape: 100% Merlot
Wine region: Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
Winemaking: This vintage is comprised mainly of five different local lots. Fruit from three of our vineyard manager Iqbal Gill’s vineyards in Oliver were blended with our Golden Mile Bench estate Merlot from Blocks 1 and 10. The fruit was hand-picked and then macerated in our Italian Ganimede fermenters for gentle flavour and colour extraction. Following primary fermentation on the skins, the lots are pressed and encouraged through malolactic fermentation. The resulting blend sees an equal mix of French and American oak for a palate pleasing wine that nicely showcases south Okanagan Merlot.
Winemaker’s Comments: This delightful Merlot has appealing aromas of dusty sage, black cherry, and mocha. A complimentary palate follows of ripe Bing cherry and Italian plum, along with dark chocolate and malt. Well-integrated tannins with a juicy vibrancy continue through a lingering finish.
Aging: Aged 8 months in 50% American oak and 50% French oak.
Food Pairing: Enjoy this crowd pleaser with grilled pork tenderloin and charred Okanagan cherries.