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Merlot, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 15% ALC/VOL
$34.31
Merlot

Handpicked Merlot from our Osoyoos and Naramata vineyards underwent meticulous harvesting and winemaking throughout October, reaching optimal ripeness. After destemming, the berries cold-macerated for two weeks, initiating a wild fermentation with diverse yeasts from French first-growth Bordeaux vineyards.

Gentle hand pumpovers twice daily ensured delicate extraction and prevented excessive oxidation. Post-ferment maceration lasted 7 days before transferring the free-run wine to 100% French Oak barrels (30% new) from cooperages in France and Chile. Press fractions collected in neutral barrels were blended after 6 months, aging an additional 18 months.

This well-structured, full-bodied wine with aging potential of up to 10 years exhibits aromas of leather, dried raspberries, and spice. The palate reveals rich plum and dark cherry notes, culminating in a long finish with fine tannins. Decant for 30 minutes before serving to enhance the full expression.

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The 2014 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2018.

 

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

 

Name: 2014 Merlot

Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC

Vineyard: Oxbow Vineyard, BC

Cases Produced: 1,000

 

Appearance: Deep, dark ruby colour.

Nose: Cedary, blueberry nose with a light floral note backed by oak spice.

Palate: Medium to full-bodied, dry and savoury with dark chocolate and blueberry flavours, well-balanced with nicely integrated oak and finishing on cocoa powder tannins.

Quality: Outstanding quality. 93 points. Great structure. Hold 2 – 3 years.

 

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Food Pairing: Roasted duck with mole sauce, roasted beets, chicken thighs brushed with lemon and thyme, grilled swordfish with mint-cucumber salad, lamb burgers topped with tapenade and arugula, grilled filet mignon in blue cheese butter.

 

Comment:

I first met Bench 1775’s viticulturist and winemaker, Val Tait, in 2013 and have been delighted to watch the winery grow and evolve under her care. Every year, their wines achieve new heights of quality and their accolades grow accordingly. It’s no surprise that Bench 1775 is now one of the country’s most esteemed wineries, ranking among the Top 8 wineries of Canada in this year’s National Wine Awards.

 

This is a succulent, jammy Merlot with lovely hints of licorice, black pepper, green herbs, and smoke. Robust tannins balance the flavour palette perfectly. This is a wine to savour – along with your favourite cheeses and charcuterie. Enjoy!

 

- Jackie McLachlan, Founder, My Wine Canada