The grapes for this single vineyard wine were grown in our River Rock Vineyard which surrounds our winery in Oliver BC. Vines are cared for with meticulous attention to canopy and water management ensuring the highest possible quality grapes at harvest. Harvest decisions were based on winemaker’s personal preference with particular attention to flavor, grape tannin maturity, and sugar/acid balance. The vineyard is on south facing slopes where soil is composed of rock, sand, and gravel that is rich in calcium, laid down during the last glacial recession.
This 2020 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 receiving 2-3 punch downs daily. Upon completion of fermentation the wine was pressed to tanks to settle sediment before transferring to barrel where malolactic fermentation was completed. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels (33% new) for approximately 18 months.