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2016 Meritage

2016 Meritage
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Wine Specs
Similkameen Valley
Harvest Date
6.5g/l TA
French Oak Barrels and 1000 L Oak Vats.
Small lot, steel fermenters. Pump Over Extraction
Bottling Date
June 15, 2018
Residual Sugar
1.2g/l RS
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"I like the mix of 46 merlot, 34 cabernet franc, 14 cabernet sauvignon, 4 malbec and 2 petit verdot that is all estate grown on stony, sandy, loamy, stemwinder soils. And it’s just under 15 percent alcohol. Corcelettes have identified some of the most expressive parts of their vineyard to shape this wine. The attractive lush, silky textures speak to a higher percentage of merlot and cabernet franc and only 14 cabernet sauvignon in the blend. Thank you. Each variety is cellared separately in French oak for 18 months before bottling. A terrific 2016 growing season has left this wine with both a sense of style and elegance. The nose is aromatic, mixing cherries and dried herbs onto a plummy, round, fresh, mulberry scented palate with a pinch of stony acidity elongating the back end. Impressive and should improve in the bottle through 2023." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun
92 points- Wine Align- National Wine Awards of Canada 2019 90 points- Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun
Gold Medal- NWAC 2019
Vineyard Notes
100% Corcelettes Estate Vineyard - Stemwinder Soil
Production Notes
A careful assemblage of 46% Merlot - 34% Cabernet Franc - 14% Cabernet Sauvignon - 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Notes
The art of blending. Having identified the most expressive rows in our estate vineyard, we begin shaping our Meritage wine while on the vine. Merlot and Cabernet Franc always seem to lead the blend with full, ripe fruit character making to wine rich. All wine lots are cellared separately in many formats of French oak. Cellared for 18 months and bottle aged prior to release.
325 cases crafted.
Other Notes
Approachable on release, or cellar for 5-10 years.
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