MMMMmmm Monster Merlot! Signature aromas of plum and iris. This fruit-forward Merlot attacks the palate with notes of ripe cherry and blueberry, with a rich and well-balanced finish. Get out the grill! Pairs perfectly with fresh oregano marinated beef skewers and portobello mushroom burgers.
October 28 - October 30, 2019
This Merlot is ready to be consumed on release. Drink by 2025.
Aromas of plum and iris. This fruit-forward Merlot with notes of ripe cherry and blueberry, with a rich and well-balanced finish.
The 2019 winter brought extremes: warm 12° January days to lows of - 22° and lots of snow in February. Bud burst was two weeks later than average due to the long winter. The beginning of Okanagan spring was one of the driest on record. By the end of June, the valley saw a cooling trend that lasted through most of July. At the end of July, the real Okanagan summer started with hot sunny days and little precipitation. September was wetter than usual. October was dry with 15° days and 2 to 6° nights. The weather was perfect to hang the fruit until the end of October, with all the remaining vineyards achieving the right amount of favour, sugar, and acid. No Floods. No Smoke. Overall, it was a low tonnage year with excellent ripe fruit across all varietals in our vineyards.
Made from predominantly Merlot grapes. The berries were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again, then crushed and held cold for four days. During fermentation hand plunging the must and judicious use of pumping over ensured optimum tannin extraction.