7 - 10 years
This wine is presently showing dark berry notes that include black cherry, sweet black berry, black current, and plum with a hint of French oak. It has a medium body, balanced acidity and moderate tannins that are softening nicely with age. This wine is approachable now, ready for consumption. This Merlot will age nicely 7 - 10 years.
The winter of 2016 - 2017 was longer and colder than we are accustomed to, but the vines saw little or no damage as a result. Bud break was on May 1st and was followed by good early heat and long very dry growing season. There was almost no rain from June to September. We had smoky skies from mostly distant forest fires and very little to no wind. The smoky skies kept maximum temperatures down with average daily temperatures between 30 - 35C The grapes for this single vineyard Merlot were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards which surround our winery in Oliver BC, The vines were planted in 2003. The vineyard is all on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand and gravel. These soils are rich in calcium and were laid down during the last glacial recession.
The 2017 Merlot was fermented in both stainless steel tanks (2200, 2850 and 5000 litre) and small fermentation totes to maximize skin to juice contact. The wine was transferred, following pressing to a 5000 litre tank to settle then transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in premium French oak barrels ( 33% new) for approximately 18 months.
This medium bodied Merlot was made to showcase the ripe varietal fruit character expressive of our rocky/gravelly terroir.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this wine with burgers, steaks, blue cheese or burgers and steaks with blue cheese. Also excellent with braised short ribs or anything off the bbq.