Estate Collection

Merlot

2018

Sometimes a wine is greater than the sum of its parts. We tasted hundreds of barrels one by one, thoughtfully blending to capture the best of two vineyards. The summer sun shines on our Haynes Creek vineyard until well after 10 pm, soaking grapes in heat for hours, producing dark berries with ripe tannins. In contrast, our Desert Ridge vineyard is much cooler and delivers fruit that is vibrant and fresh.

Product details

Harvest Date September 29 – November 1, 2018
Blend 57% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
Fermentation 28 days in stainless steel
Aging 15 months in French oak barrels
Cellaring Enjoy now or cellar through 2023
Alcohol 14.5% ta 6.2 g/l
Residual Sugar 0.42 g/l ph 3.65

Some blueberry and dark cherry on the nose, with underlying Cabernet notes of cassis and tobacco. On the palate this wine has nice structure and tannin density, making it a great food wine as well.

Above average growing degree days in the spring contributed to an early budbreak. Cooler days and evenings arrived in August, which slowed down the ripening of the grapes and allowed for greater flavour development while retaining freshness and acidity.

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