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2016 Merlot

2016 Merlot
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A bright, fruit-forward nose of red and dark berry fruit, with hints of fragrant cedar and wild desert sage. Cherry and red berry fruits dominate the wine's mid weight palate and marry very well with soft ripe tannins and subtle oaky notes. The wine finishes with bright acidity and a pleasant savoury note.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Okanagan Falls
Harvest Date
October 10 & 22, 2016
Acid
6.15 g/l
pH
3.56
Aging
Now and over the next 5 years.
Bottling Date
August 2018
Residual Sugar
1.1 g/l
Alcohol %
14.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A bright, fruit-forward nose of red and dark berry fruit, with hints of fragrant cedar and wild desert sage. Cherry and red berry fruits dominate the wine's mid weight palate and marry very well with soft ripe tannins and subtle oaky notes. The wine finishes with bright acidity and a pleasant savoury note.
Vineyard Notes
Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (gravels & coarse glacial till) Hest Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (gravels & coarse glacial till)
Production Notes
Both lots of fruit were hand-harvested, bunch sorted and destemmed. The Estate Vineyard portion was gravity transferred to 1 T open- top fermenters, while the Hest Vineyard portion was gravity transferred into a 5 T open-top stainless steel tank. Approximately 50% of the berries were left whole and uncrushed. After a 48 hour cold soak, the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeast culture. The cap was punched down by hand 3-6 time daily and at the ideal tannin extraction, the must was drained of free run juice and the skins were lightly pressed. The wine continued its alcohol fermentation in a 50 / 50% combination of American and French oak (2, 3 and 4 year old barrels) through to dryness and then proceeded through Malolactic conversion. It was left to mature undisturbed for 18 months before being blended, lightly filtered and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: charcuterie, roast beef, game pies, grilled meat (steak, sausage, etc.), burgers, turkey dinner, lamb, stews, chilli con carne. Adventurous: Japanese-style beef dishes, Chinese crispy duck, macaroni & cheese, bacon & eggs.