Merlot

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007

Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

The warm growing season of 2014 provided us with some intensely flavored Merlot grapes. The wine boasts aromas of rich black cherry, smoky plum, spice and toasty oak. The palate is rich and full bodied with firm structured tannins and a long finish. We suggest pairing with similarly bold foods; braised short ribs, lasagna, bison burgers and an array of aged hard cheeses.


Winemaking

Our Merlot was harvested in mid-October 2014. The grapes were received, crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks using a mix of indigenous and cultivated yeast strains. Daily pump-overs and gentle hand plunging during a 3-4 week maceration period has given this wine complexity and its rich dark color. Barrel aging in new and old French oak for 18 months prior to blending. Ready to enjoy but can be cellared until 2020.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5 %
Total acidity: 5.5 g/l
Residual sweetness: 1.0 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 639633
UPC code: 778856114232
Date bottled: June 2016
Case volume: 5090


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Our 2013 Merlot is deeply colored, with notes of ripe plum, blackberry, Saskatoon berries, spice and hints of bittersweet chocolate. The palate is rich, intense and full bodied with a lovely smooth mouthfeel. Try pairing with a grilled veal chop marinated with thyme & oregano, red onion jam & roasted carrots.


Winemaking

Our Merlot was harvested in mid-October 2013. The grapes were hand-harvested, crushed, and after 3-5 days of cold-maceration, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks using a mix of indigenous and cultivated yeast strains. Daily pump-overs and gentle hand plunging during a 28 day maceration period has given this wine complexity and its rich dark color. Barrel aging in new and old French oak for 18 months prior to blending. Ready to enjoy but can be cellared until 2020.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14 %
Total acidity: 5.9 g/l
Residual sweetness: 0.7 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 639633
UPC code: 778856113235
Date bottled: May 2015
Case volume: 3865


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Candied plum, cassis and dark chocolate-covered cherries to start, our 2012 Merlot is a robust, fruit forward wine gratifying in style and taste. Strong blueberry fruit in the attack with impressive length and a cigar smoky finish, this year’s vintage is blended with small amounts of Cabernet (5%) and Syrah (5%) to add complexity and structure to an otherwise delicious wine. Try pairing with roasted tenderloin or cozy up with a homemade Margherita pizza.


Winemaking

The 2012 growing season was remarkable, as our vineyards recorded the longest period of rain free events leading up to a beautiful, sunshine filled autumn and eventual harvest of this wine on October 29th, 2012. After maceration and pressing, the wine was fermented in 5 ton stainless steel tanks using a mix of indigenous and French cultivated yeast strains. Daily pump-overs and gentle hand plunging during a 28 day maceration period has given this wine complexity and its rich dark color. Barrel aging in French and American oak for 18 months prior to blending set the stage for cellaring of 5 to 8 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5 % Total acidity: 5.4 g/l Residual sweetness: 2.5 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 639633 UPC code: 778856112238 Date bottled: June 2014 Case volume:3177


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Brambly, rich, dark fruit mingles with chocolate, dusty spice and sugar plum. Warm fine grain tannins and a lengthy finish complete this elegant full bodied Merlot. This wine makes a terrific accompaniment with lightly grilled entrecôte served with shallots and Lyonnaise potatoes or sipped alongside a savory charcuterie platter.


Winemaking

Grown in a cool season, the 2011 Merlot was harvested from our Estate vineyards on Boucherie Mountain bench. This wine was fermented in 5 ton stainless steel tanks using a mix of indigenous and French cultivated yeast strains. Daily gentle hand plunging over a 28 day maceration period gives this wine complexity and its rich dark color. Barrel aging in French and American oak for 18 months prior to blending sets the stage for cellaring of 5 to 8 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5 % Total acidity: 6 g/l Residual sweetness: 1.4 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 639633 UPC code: 778856111231 Date bottled: June 2013 Case volume:3050


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Fragrant aromas of brambly blackberry, blueberry and dried rose petals mingle with spicy dustings of clove and cracked black pepper. This supple wine is inky, complex and robust enough to see you through the coldest winter. Our Merlot is a very versatile food wine and would be a great accompaniment to Angus beef tenderloin served with Lyonnaise potato, field beans and mushroom saute.


Winemaking

This vintage was grown in a cool year and harvested from our estate vineyards on Boucherie Mountain bench. This wine is fermented in 5 ton stainless steel tanks using a mix of indigenous and French cultivated yeast strains. The total time on skins is 28 days and daily gentle hand plunging gives this wine complexity and its rich dark colour. Our Merlot is barrel aged in French and American oak for 18 months prior to blending and will reward careful cellaring of 5 to 8 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5%, Total acidity: 6.3 g/l, Residual sweetness: 2.5 g/l, Sweetness code: 0, SKU code 639633,UPC code: 778856110234, Date bottled: June 2012, Case volume: 2892


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Ripe plum fruit mingles with layers of sweet, smoky, toasty oak. The fine ripe tannins bring a velvety quality to this beautifully integrated wine. This Merlot makes a terrific accompaniment to Angus beef striploin steak served with red skin potatoes, mushroom sauté and green peppercorn butter. While ready to consume now, this wine will age well into 2016.


Winemaking

The 2009 Merlot grapes were handpicked in October from Quails’ Gate vineyards. The 2009 season provided ideal growing conditions, and the cool October nights helped to preserve the fruit’s flavour and acidity. Spontaneous yeast fermentation and extended skin contact give this wine rich flavour and extraction and great complexity. Prior to blending and bottling, this wine was barrel aged in French and American oak for up to 18 months. Careful cellaring up to 5 years will enhance the aromas of this noble wine.


Technical Notes

Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot Alc. By Vol: 15.4% Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l Residual Sweetness: 2.5 g/l Sweetness Code: 0 SKU Code: 639633 UPC Code: 778856109238 Date Bottled: June 2011 Case Volume: 2842 cases


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Ripe plum fruits mingle with layers of sweet, smoky, toasty oak. The fine ripe tannins bring a velvety quality to this beautifully integrated palate. This Merlot makes a terrific accompaniment to Angus beef strip loin steak served with red skin potatoes, mushroom sauté and green peppercorn butter. While ready to consume now, this wine will age well into 2016.


Winemaking

The 2008 Merlot grapes were handpicked in October from Quails’ Gate vineyards. The 2008 season provided ideal growing conditions and the cool October nights helped to preserve the fruit’s flavor and acidity. Spontaneous yeast fermentation and extended skin contact give this wine rich colour and extraction with great complexity. Prior to blending and bottling, this wine was barrel aged in French and American oak for up to 18 months and will continue to improve with careful cellaring up to 5 years.


Technical Notes

Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot Alc. By Vol: 15.5% Total Acidity: 6.6 g/l Residual Sweetness: 3 g/l Sweetness Code: 0 SKU Code: 639633 UPC Code: 778856108231 Date Bottled: June 2010 Case Volume: 2750 cases


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Wine Style

Our Merlot is soft and easy drinking with a great long finish. Aged for 18 months in American and French oak, this wine is elegant and sophisticated.


Tasting & Pairing

Fragrant aromas of ripe plum mingle with sweet, smoky, toasty oak to make the first sip irresistable. Fine ripe tannins bring a lingering, velvety finish to the palate. Enjoy now or until 2015. This fresh, flavoursome, robust wine pairs perfectly with beef tenderloin and herbed compound butter or braised short ribs and roast root vegetable.


Winemaking

The 2007 Merlot grapes were harvested in October, 90% from the Quails’ Gate Boucherie Mountain vineyards, and the remainder from vineyards near Osoyoos. 2007 was a favourable year for Merlot with good heat throughout the growing season and cool nights in October to preserve the fruit’s flavour and acidity. Spontaneous yeast fermentation and extended skin contact give this wine rich colour and extraction with great complexity. Prior to blending and bottling, this wine was barrel aged in French and American oak for up to 18 months and will continue to improve with careful cellaring up to 5 years.


Technical Notes

Varietal: 100% Merlot Alc. By Vol: 14% Total Acidity: 6.9 g/l. Residual Sweetness: 2.4 g/l Sweetness: (0) UPC: 778856107234 Date Bottled: June 2009 Case Volume: 3960 cases


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