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Day 6 – Unsanctioned Series Merlot 2018

From 30+ year old vines at our Conviction Ridge estate vineyard in Kaleden, this is a powerful, age-worthy wine. Welcome to the weekend and Day 6 of our holiday advent calendar. Today we present our estate-grown Unsanctioned Series Merlot. Today’s food pairing is another simple, but delicious, canape: mushrooms on toast.

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Winemaking Notes

This is the inaugural vintage for our estate-grown Merlot.  The Merlot vines at our Conviction Ridge vineyard in Kaleden are 34 years old, and produce naturally low yields at less than 3 tons per acre. The resulting wines are powerful, concentrated and ideally suited for long-term cellaring.  Aged for 24 months in 50% new French oak barrels, then a further 12 months in bottle before release.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Only 70 cases produced.

Tasting Profile

Fruit aromas of raspberry, cherry, and blueberry, followed by sweet tobacco, suede and floral notes. This 100% estate-grown Merlot is medium bodied with bright acidity, grippy tannins and an extremely long finish. On the palate, expect notes of pomegranate, blueberry, dark chocolate, toasted vanilla and a hint of anise on the finish.

Food Pairings

In its youth, this is most definitely a food wine. Suggestions include roast beef, braised lamb shanks, and grilled ribeye steaks.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Vineyards Conviction Ridge Vineyard, Kaleden
Acid 6.4 g/L
pH 3.53
Residual Sugar 2.8 g/L
Alcohol % 14.4
Production: 70 cases