A special addition to the Black Sage Vineyard portfolio, the 2018 Whisky Barrel Aged Red wine spent 4 months in premium Canadian whisky barrels imparting generous notes of caramel, vanilla and spice to the already dark fruit flavours provided by the blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine has a smoky toasty whiskey aroma with an undertone of dark red cherries and hints of black forest cake. The palate is rich and luscious with sweet notes of whisky lactones and dark red fruits with a hint of mocha.
Our Black Sage Vineyard, located on the East side of the Okanagan Valley received plenty of sun throughout the Spring and early Summer. Cooler temperatures prevailed during August and September, but Mother Nature was nice enough to bless us with a warm October. We’re expecting big things from our Viognier and Chardonnay as the fruit was top notch. The late ripening varietals which dominate our site are showing rich red fruit and sophisticated structure.
The grapes were brought in at peak ripeness and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 2 weeks, during which they were gently pumped over to increase flavour extraction. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, after which a portion of the wine was allowed to age in used whiskey barrels. The other portion of the wine was then aged in specially selected French and American Oak barrels. After 18 months of aging, the wine was then emptied from the barrels and meticulously blended together to create this delightful wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs wonderfully with a charcuterie board packed with bold flavours: sharp aged cheese, candied walnuts and salty cured meats.