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Rare Bird Series Merlot, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL

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This sophisticated Rooster changes expression at each approach, showing an ever-changing bouquet of cherry, red berry, and plum fruit, along with smoky oak, cedar, and spice. This is a medium- to full-bodied merlot with soft yet drying tannins, and great structure and mouthfeel. The slight mid-palate sweetness shows ripe fruit flavours of plum and cherry mingling with notes of spice and oak. The extra-dry finish shows notes of black tea, cocoa, cherry, and a touch of black licorice and spice. Enjoy now to 2025.

Enjoy with grilled red meats; rich bean stews; leg of lamb; rich mushroom lasagna; pheasant or duck breast in a rich red wine reduction; steak and kidney pie; three-year-old cheddar, Asiago and Bellavitano Merlot cheese board.

Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L

  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal
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    The 2018 vintage was a featured wine in September's Wine Club package, 2022.

    Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
    Vineyard: Various Oliver and Osoyoos vineyards
    Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
    Cases Produced: 425

    Appearance: Semi-opaque. Garnet colour.
    Nose: Dark cherry, blackberry, smoke, leather, savoury green herbal note.
    Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate, green pepper, vanilla, smoke, hint of black pepper. Savoury green herbs on the finish. Well balanced with velvety tannins.
    Quality: 91 points. Outstanding.

    Food Pairing: Indian butter chicken, sweet and salty grilled steak with cucumber salad, pulled pork ravioli with rosé sauce, vegetable lasagna, and sticky five-spice and plum Cornish hen with pear slaw.

    • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal