2018 Meritage

$39.95

TASTING & FOOD NOTES
Inky, deep, purple in the glass with aromas of spiced plum, dark chocolate and cedar, with notes of vanilla . On the palate, it is rich and full-bodied with flavours of chocolate covered raspberries, leather, charred toast, herbs, cedar and spice with balancing acidity and ripe tannins. The finish is long and complex with drying tannins and notes of leather.
Enjoy on release with roast red meats. Decant to allow the wine to fully express its complexities. The wine will continue to develop with medium-to-long-term cellaring.

WINEMAKING NOTES
Our Meritage 2018 is a blend of the top barrels of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate Lakeshore Farm Vineyard and June’s Vineyard in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. The fruit was harvested separately between early October and early November. It was in nearly pristine condition so minimal sorting was necessary. The grapes were destemmed and crushed, followed by maceration and fermentation over 30 days in stainless steel tanks during which regular pigeage was performed to ensure full colour and fruit tannins were extracted. Following primary fermentation, the wine was moved to a mix of 1st , 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques for ageing. After malolactic fermentation it remained in oak for 14 months after which time the selection and subsequent blending of barrels took place. The final blend was bottled in July 2020.

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TASTING & FOOD NOTES
Inky, deep, purple in the glass with aromas of spiced plum, dark chocolate and cedar, with notes of vanilla . On the palate, it is rich and full-bodied with flavours of chocolate covered raspberries, leather, charred toast, herbs, cedar and spice with balancing acidity and ripe tannins. The finish is long and complex with drying tannins and notes of leather.
Enjoy on release with roast red meats. Decant to allow the wine to fully express its complexities. The wine will continue to develop with medium-to-long-term cellaring.

WINEMAKING NOTES
Our Meritage 2018 is a blend of the top barrels of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate Lakeshore Farm Vineyard and June’s Vineyard in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. The fruit was harvested separately between early October and early November. It was in nearly pristine condition so minimal sorting was necessary. The grapes were destemmed and crushed, followed by maceration and fermentation over 30 days in stainless steel tanks during which regular pigeage was performed to ensure full colour and fruit tannins were extracted. Following primary fermentation, the wine was moved to a mix of 1st , 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques for ageing. After malolactic fermentation it remained in oak for 14 months after which time the selection and subsequent blending of barrels took place. The final blend was bottled in July 2020.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyards

June's Vineyard, Lakeshore Farm Vineyard

Grape Varieties

41.5% Merlot, 41.5% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon

Brix at Harvest

22.5

Alcohol Content

13%

Residual Sugar

3 grams/Litre

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