This Merlot is rich and supple with black cherry and ripe plum tempered with aromas of tobacco leaves, cocoa and vanilla. The combination of terroirs adds complexity along with barrel aging to soften tannins. Enjoy with blueberry duck breast.
This vintage was primarily crafted with Merlot from the North Oliver Bench’s Blue Terrace Vineyard where the rich, gravel strewn soils provide a foundation for superior grape quality. In addition, grapes from Front Yard Vineyard on the Naramata Bench add complexity and dimension to the blend. Two weeks of maceration time which include a hand plunging regime of three times a day has resulted in wine with rich fruit extraction and satisfying tannins. A portion of the fruit was fermented in a 5000L oak fermenter to add depth. Aged in American and French barrels for 18 months add caramel and vanilla notes which mellow the 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: 100% Merlot
Vineyards: Blue Terrace Vineyard (Oliver) • Front Yard Vineyard (Naramata)
Harvest Date: October 6 & November 3 • Harvest Brix: 25.3 B average
pH 3.92 • TA 5.7 g/L • RS 4.6 g/L • Alcohol 13.8%
Cases produced 1038 • SKU 726596 • upc 6 26990 02458 3