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Small Lots One, 2019

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2019 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.9% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 90 pts


BLEND: Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), Cabernet Franc (14%)


Bright garnet in colour with lovely bouquet of black cherry, blueberry, and black currant fruit, mingling with cocoa powder, spice, oak, smoke, and violet. This full-bodied wine has firm but not aggressive tannins, great structure, and ripe dark fruit flavours. Black cherry and black currant fruit accented by spice and oak unfold on the palate. Notes of blackberry, black currant, coffee bean, vanilla extract, and spice linger on the extra-dry finish.

While still young, enjoy with medium rare red meats including lamb and beef, or a cheese platter which includes three to five-year-old Canadian cheddar and other hard aged cheeses; after a few years in the cellar (2024 and beyond) enjoy with hearty winter stews, braised meats, roasted leg of lamb, or 70% dark chocolate. Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2022.

Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L


Overall, the valley experienced above average spring temperatures for an early burst of growth, while summer temperatures were more moderate, reducing fire hazards, and providing a long slow ripening period to allow for vibrant acidity, flavour concentration, even ripening, and firm tannins for ageability. Careful management of the crop along with perfect timing was required for the September and October harvest. The very good 2019 vintage will see lower alcohol levels and vibrant natural acidity for fresh and elegant wines in much of the northern and central valley; along with ripe flavours and good texture from the more southern vineyards.


Harvested from Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. Most of the vines were cropped to a single bunch per shoot to achieve good concentration of fruit and ripeness of tannins. Fermentation took place in small stainless-steel fermenters, with daily pumping over for good extraction on the skins. [65% of the blend was co-fermented Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot; the balance of the blend was a block of Merlot that was fermented separately] After 20 months in barrel selected barrels of Merlot was blended in with the co-fermented batch then returned to barrel for 2 additional months of integration before bottling. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged in barrel for a total of 22 months [50% American oak and 50% French oak; of which 25% of the French oak was new; the remainder was 2nd and 3rd year].

We call this wine Sandhill One because it was the first of our Bordeaux style blends made. This vintage has a higher proportion of Merlot as it was an excellent vintage for this variety, exhibiting dark fruit and rich silky tannins to round out the body and add length.” - Sandy Leier, Winemaker

Critic's Rating

- 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal
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    The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2022.

    Geographical Indication: BC VQA Similkameen Valley
    Varietals: Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), Cabernet Franc (14%)
    Vineyard: Vanessa Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
    Cases Produced: 950

    Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark ruby colour.
    Nose: Violets, black cherry, plum, blackcurrant, hint of smoke.
    Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Dry. Dark cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, savoury green herbs, black tea, hints of vanilla and black pepper.
    Quality: 90 – 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Decant well and enjoy now or hold 2 – 3 years.

    Food Pairing: Roasted beet pesto fusilli, jambalaya with cheddar biscuits, grilled chicken with oven-roasted zucchini, prime rib with horseradish, and slow-roasted beef with buttered yams.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Bronze Medal
    • Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal