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Odyssey Merlot, 2018
Shipped and sold by Gray Monk Estate Winery
BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Tasting Notes: A garnet coloured Merlot with a complex bouquet of vanilla extract, spice box, new leather, cedar, oak and ripe black fruit (cherry and plum). The ripe fruit flavours of black currant, plum and blackberry are accented by sweet spice. The extra-dry finish lingers with notes of black tea, blackberry, spice and oak.
Food Pairings: Enjoy with grilled red meats; rich bean stews; leg of lamb; rich cheesy mushroom lasagna; pheasant in a rich red wine reduction; duck breast with red wine cherry sauce; steak and kidney pie; three-year-old cheddar and Asiago cheese.
Winemaking: The Merlot was harvested from two vineyards in the Oliver and Osoyoos regions of the Okanagan Valley in early October 2016. A unique red wine yeast was employed to produce robust flavours. The wine was aged in new and one-year old French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels for 24 months. The wines were blended and later bottled in May of 2019. Limited production of 739 cases.
Sweetness Level: (0) Extra Dry, 1.44 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.74 g/L
The 2018 vintage was a featured wine in March's Wine Club package, 2022.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Various Oliver and Osoyoos vineyards
Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
Cases Produced: 1,477
Appearance: Ruby-purple in colour.
Nose: Cedary, Bing cherry nose with oak spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, mocha chocolate and plum flavours. Well-structured, with well-integrated oak and pliant tannins.
Quality: Outstanding. 90 points. Drink now or hold a couple of years.
Food Pairing: Lamb burger with tzatziki, Tennessee meatloaf with brown sugar glaze, pork loin with red wine reduction, vegetarian Shepherd’s pie, and pan-seared duck breast with blueberry sauce.