Region: Okanagan Valley, VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Although bold, dark and rich, the purity of fruit shows juicy and fresh with a firm, mouth-filling texture, deceptively powerful, and mouth- watering salinity on the long, warm finish. The rich succulence of braised beef short ribs would suggest a delicious pairing.
Recommended food pairings: Braised short ribs. Steak!
Winemaker: Michael Bartier
Growing conditions: Below Black Sage Road between Oliver and Osoyoos, this vineyard has a gentle West-facing slope. The soils are dense loam topsoil above gravel with limestone (calcium carbonate) covered granite, quartz, and basalt cobbles throughout a deep profile. Irrigation and ground water accept minerals from these rocks, and in turn, deliver these to the vines, causing a profound effect on the grapes. The Merlot blocks were planted spring of 2006 & 2008.
Winemaking notes: Bud burst occurred evenly by May 3, 2014. Blossom was recorded at 75% complete on June 8, with no remarkable weather events to interrupt this. Fruit set was even and complete by June 20. Hardening of the canes was observed by July 19 and continued through the fall. Veraison was recorded at Aug. 6. The grapes were harvested Oct. 24 & 29, with Brix of 24.0, pH of 3.41, and TA of 6.2. Maceration took place over 45 days in small open top stainless steel fermenters. Punchdowns were used to extract the skins as gently as possible. The fermenters were pressed to tanks and then to barrels to complete fermentations. The barrels were racked twice over the next 12 months, and bottled January 2016.
2014 - 2027
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