Oct 18 - Nov 13, 2016
MMMMmmm Monster Merlot! Signature aromas of plum, all spice, and iris play in your nostrils. 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! Pairing perfectly with lamb skewers and portobello mushroom burgers.
2016 was a test of patience and persistence in our vineyards. A warm early spring followed by a late April snowstorm, which took us by surprise. The summer that followed turned out to be both cooler and wetter than expected, slowing fruit development and increasing weather monitoring. Luckily, a warm fall season saw a gradual cool down thus giving the grapes extra time to achieve full ripeness and flavour characteristics. The slow cooling process allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for winter hibernation in preparation for spring 2017. Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. We are grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
Made from predominantly Merlot grapes. The berries were hand picked at 23.74 °B 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.