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2017 Renaissance Merlot

2017 Renaissance Merlot
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SKU: 540757-17

The 2017 Renaissance Merlot has a dark ruby core with a brighter ruby brim colour. The nose is expressive, showing lots of ripe fruit: blackberries, cherries (red and dark), and plum, balanced with notes of chocolate and sweet oak spice. This fruit-forward profile is balanced by delicate notes of dried herbs, cocoa, 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
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Okanagan Falls
Aging
uilt for the cellar, this wine will be at its best from 2021-2026.
Bottling Date
August 2019
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2017 Renaissance Merlot has a dark ruby core with a brighter ruby brim colour. The nose is expressive, showing lots of ripe fruit: blackberries, cherries (red and dark), and plum, balanced with notes of chocolate and sweet oak spice. This fruit-forward profile is balanced by delicate notes of dried herbs, cocoa, 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.
Vineyard Notes
Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (gravels & coarse glacial till)
Production Notes
95.2% Merlot, 2.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.4% Cabernet Franc
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, even in the most difficult of years. We go above and beyond in this Estate Merlot block, implementing labour intensive vineyard practices and reducing cropping levels to ensure the best fruit possible at harvest. Similar to the 2016 vintage, the 2017 Renaissance Merlot was co-fermented with a small portion of Cabernet Franc. This Cabernet Franc, from 4 & 5 year old vines, brings a vibrant, youthfulness to the wine. Once in the cellar, the wine was handled with ‘white gloves’ before being transferred to age in the finest French oak barrels available.
Production
160 cases