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2015 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot

2015 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This 100% Merlot opens with aromas of black plum and black cherry, with a hint of cloves, some vanilla and sweet smoke. Bursting with flavours of plum, vanilla, and some mulling spices on the palate, with soft tannins that lead to a long and supple finish.    
Vineyard Notes
The summer of 2014 was particularly hot in the Okanagan Valley for extended periods, and stretched out into the fall with warm days and nights. This seemed like perfect weather for grape growing, yet the heat did provide some challenges for our vineyard team. Harvest was delayed for the Merlot grapes to reach peak flavour development and slightly higher alcohol levels, while varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz thrived in the heat on the Black Sage bench. Overall, 2014 was an excellent year for Okanagan wines.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were picked in late October, crushed, destemmed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. The juice was pumped over twice daily for two weeks, and was transferred into oak barrels and allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in 65% French and 35% American oak, with 20% of the barrels being new.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with grilled meats, roasted root vegetables, pork roast, mushroom burgers, and rich tomato-based pastas. Cheese options include Harvarti and Camembert.
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