Grape: 37% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Wine region: Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada
Winemaking: Exclusively farmed on our estate, the grapes selected
for The Judge come from some of our oldest plantings dating back to 1968. Our Merlot is handpicked in
late September, followed by the Cabernet Franc in
early October and the Cabernet Sauvignon in mid- October. The small lots are fermented in our Ganemede fermentors, which enables ideal extraction from the extended maceration. Following initial fermentation the components are gently pressed and undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting lots are barrel aged individually then meticulously blended, aged further, and released only after we achieve the desired cellar time for the components to harmoniously integrate. An iconic wine, which is a worthy representation of the Golden Mile Bench.
Winemaker’s Comments: From an outstanding season, our winemaker has selected the best barrels in our cellar for a Merlot dominant Bordeaux style wine. Beautifully balanced, this vintage has concentrated sage, sandalwood, malt and Italian plum aromas. Plush flavours of ripe dark cherry, black currant, mocha, anise and a hint of spearmint greet the palate. A long savoury finish follows with well integrated, finely woven tannins.
Aging: Aged 24 months in 75% French oak and 25% American oak.
Food Pairing: Pair with grilled ribeye and select company!