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2016 Renaissance Merlot

2016 Renaissance Merlot
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SKU: 540757-16

This fruit-forward profile is balanced by notes of dried herbs, cocoa, liquorice, leather & toasty French oak. The palate is tight but elegant, and with air exposure, it shows bright and juicy flavours consistent with the nose. The finish is long with lingering ripe, chalky tannins and mouth- watering natural acidity which should ensure a long life ahead for this wine.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Okanagan Falls
Harvest Date
October 22, 2016
Acid
6.2 g/l
pH
3.48
Aging
Approachable now but this wine will be at its best from 2021-2026.
Bottling Date
August 2018
Residual Sugar
0.7 g/l
Alcohol %
14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine has a dark ruby core with a brighter ruby brim colour. The nose is expressive, showing lots of ripe fruit: blackberries, red & dark cherries, and plum. This fruit-forward profile is balanced by notes of dried herbs, cocoa, liquorice, leather & toasty French oak. The palate is tight but elegant, and with air exposure, it shows bright and juicy flavours consistent with the nose. The finish is long with lingering ripe, chalky tannins and mouth- watering natural acidity which should ensure a long life ahead for this wine.
Awards
Gold Medal - Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
Vineyard Notes
Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (gravels & coarse glacial till)
Winemaker Notes
Our Estate Merlot block has ideal terroir for Okanagan Merlot: a free-draining gravel soil profile and a southwest facing slope to gather the intense afternoon heat. Having tended our Merlot for over 25 years, we feel we have learned how to grow exceptional Merlot on this site. Slightly different from previous vintages, this iteration of our Renaissance Merlot had a small portion of Cabernet Franc added to the ferment, which brings a vibrant, youthfulness to the wine.