2016 Inniskillin Okanagan Reserve Merlot
Dark luscious plums, velvety blackberries, rich vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Flavours of plums, some dark fruits, smoky oak, vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. The tannins are medium and the acid is lively with a long finish.
The onset of bud break was a few weeks ahead of the “regular season”, and was complemented with hot summer days and cool nights. The latter part of the summer and early fall cooled off to allow the grapes to reach their full flavour maturity. The white and red wines both benefited from the cooler temperatures at the end of summer to allow for slightly longer hang time which helped flavour development catch up to sugar accumulation. The white wine grapes developed intense fruit flavors while still holding onto some bright acidity. The red wine grapes experienced an amazing season, the extra hang time allowed the red wines to develop more complex flavour and tannin profiles.
This was a gerat year for merlot, the fruit came in looking ripe and beautiful. The grapes were gently crushed, destemmed and then fermented in an open top tank. They were pressed down twice daily for 10 days before being pressed off and placed into barrel. Full malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wine was then aged for 14 months in the blend of French and American oak barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Garlic and thyme roasted New York Strip, Braised pork, Roast duck, Beef Bourguignon, Grilled Flat Iron steak with Blue cheese butter, Grilled lamb chops.