2018 Renaissance Meritage Futures
Wines purchased on a Futures basis are available on a by-the-case basis only, reflecting a 20% discount over what the eventual release price will be (and additional Wine Club discounts do not apply). The wines will not be available for delivery or pick-up until September. We will notify everybody who has purchased Futures once the wines are in bottle and available for pick-up. If you wish to have the wines shipped, we will arrange for shipping with you at that time.
Only 70 cases produced. As our estate Cabernet Franc vines are now well into their 6th and 7th leaf, the fruit is becoming increasingly concentrated, and demanding of a larger part in this best-of-the-best field blend. While we strive to create a Meritage blend worthy of the Renaissance label every year, this is only our 4th iteration of this wine in over a decade. Conditions must be just right, and the barrel selection process leading up to blending is tremendously rigorous. We whittled this year’s blend down to our 3 favourite barrels, and we’re immensely proud of the resulting wine, as well as the quality that has developed out of the 2018 vintage.
The bright fruit and plushness that has become synonymous with our Renaissance Merlot is certainly evident in this special wine, but it’s the richly earthy and brooding complexity of this wine that is the star. This estate field blend is full of intense, stewed and fresh dark fruit, dried herbs, forest floor and graphite, with a delicate lift of dried violets. The palate is tight yet elegantly generous, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity that should ensure a long life ahead.