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Small Lots Three, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.9% ALC/VOL
  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sangiovese


44% Sangiovese, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Barbera


Deep garnet colour with a lovely bouquet of dark plum and black cherry fruit, mingling with notes of leather, baking spices, earth, mushroom, and smoky oak, plus a warm savoury note. This medium to full-bodied wine has silky tannins, great texture and food-friendly acidity. Blue plum and cherry fruit notes unfold on the palate, complemented by notes of sweet spice and earth. Dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, chocolate and Chai spice notes linger beautifully on the finish.

Serve with grilled red meats; rosemary lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb; rich Rigatoni Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano; meaty cheesy lasagna; veal parmesan; cured meats and crusty breads along with Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese.


Harvested from the Sandhill Estate Vineyard. Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters. Fermented with a yeast isolated from Brunello fermentations in Italy to bring out the classic Italian character of these varietals (fruit, spice and earth components). Full malolactic fermentation for a supple mouthfeel. Each varietal is aged individually in oak barrels for 18 months, then the top barrels are selected and blended together, then returned to oak barrels for a further 4 months to allow integration in barrel before bottling. Total time in oak is 22 months; French oak foudres and barrels. 

Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/L

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The 2017 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2022.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Varietals: Sangiovese (44%), Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Barbera (18%)
Vineyard: Sandhill Estate Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
Cases Produced: 600

Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark garnet colour.
Nose: Dark cherry, black raspberry, blackcurrant, menthol, leather, hint of smoke and pepper spice.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black cherry, blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, savoury green herbs, baking spice, and earth.
Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Decant and enjoy.

Food Pairing: Black bean and corn veggie burgers, falafel-spiced tomatoes and chickpeas on flatbread, osso buco alla Milanese, slow-braised beef with herbed root vegetables, and grilled cheese with prosciutto jam.