2019 Renaissance Merlot 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 the first week of October. We will notify everybody who has purchased Futures once the wines are in bottle and available.
160 cases produced. 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 these vines for over 25 years, we feel we have learned how to grow exceptional Merlot on this site, even in the most difficult of years. Despite the fact that these older vines are already quite self-limiting, with 2019 being one of those cooler, more challenging vintages, we had to be a bit more ruthless than usual with our cropping levels. More fruit than usual had to be dropped, but the result is an immensely elegant Merlot that is well deserving of cellaring.
On the nose, this wine shows an abundance of ripe dark fruit: Italian plums, blackberries and cherries. While bright fruit is certainly the star of the palate as well, the nose shows more elegant and savoury notes of olive tapenade, cedar, graphite, dried herbs and earth. The palate is tight and youthful, yet plush and elegant and, with air exposure, it opens up generously. The finish is long with lingering dusty tannins and lively acidity.