This vintage of Black Dog is full of aromas of rich ripe blackberries, black plums, brown sugar, cassis, leather and tobacco. The palate follows through with ripe dark fruits and robust yet ripe tannins. This wine is unfiltered, so decanting is recommended. Pair with your favourite roast meat and roasted vegetables.
This wine was crafted through individual barrel selection. 13 barrels and 1 puncheon were chosen from over 400 barrels, of which 6 were new, to ensure that our Black Dog remains our premium wine selection. Through this selection we determined that a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and a splash of Malbec and Petit Verdot gave us our finest combination balancing fruit, aromatics, tannins and mouthfeel.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with Spring commencing very quickly in the Valley. One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track. Many expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July & August were cooler than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain contributing to good vine growth. Mixed conditions in Autumn saw a fantastic warm & sunny September with only intermittent rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost incidents in the south of the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23 and brought in our last grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between harvesting reds and whites. Overall, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton & Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above their 23-day average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavorful fruit with balanced ripeness and nice phenolic development. A usual, but great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 36% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.5% Cabernet Franc, 14% Syrah, 0.5% Malbec & Petit Verdot
Harvest Brix: 25.3B average
Harvest Date: October 6, 11, 21, 22, 28, 2016
Vineyards: Blue Terrace Vineyard, Remuda Vineyard, Front Yard Vineyard (Oliver), Silver Barrel Vineyard (Skaha Bench) and Township 7 Vineyard (Naramata)
Technical data: pH 3.7 TA 6.6 g/L RS 3 g/L
Cases produced: 343