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Small Lots Two, 2017

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2017 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.5% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 91 pts


52% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon


Deep garnet colour with an ever-changing bouquet of dark plum, baking spice, sweet oak, tobacco leaf and chocolate. This full-bodied wine has firm drying tannins, great structure and moderate acidity. Rich, ripe fruit flavours of blackberry, black currant and blue plum are accented by notes of spice and oak. The extra-dry finish shows wonderful notes of blackberry, currant, spice, earth, oak and leather. Pairs well with grilled steak au jus and sautéed mushrooms; beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon; pot roast; roast beef; rosemary lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb; two-year-old Canadian cheddar.


“For our iconic ‘Sandhill TWO’, the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot were chosen from Sandhill Estate Vineyard. We believe that Cabernet Sauvignon, sometimes called the "King of Grapes", is the framework that gives structure and ageability. The Merlot provides width and generosity in the flavour and mouth-feel. The Cabernet Franc provides great aromatics, along with interesting spice and herb notes. The 2016 vintage provided above average heat units, at 1759 GDD in the Sandhill Estate Vineyard, allowing an extended ripening season. This resulted in more flavour development and good natural acidity for balanced and textural wines. Our goal was to create an ageable red that exhibits complexity, intensity and length. This masterpiece should age well over the next 5 to 7 years, into 2025." - Sandy Leier, Winemaker

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2019, Bronze Medal British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2019, Bronze Medal
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    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


    Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
    Varietal: Merlot (52%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (18%)
    Vineyard: Sandhill Estate Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/L
    Cases Produced: 1,225


    Appearance: Deep ruby-purple in colour.
    Nose: Spicy, fruitcake nose of blackcurrant and plum with floral and black licorice notes.
    Palate: Medium-bodied, dry and savoury, firmly structured with a warm alcoholic finish. 
    Quality: Very Good+ / Outstanding. 89-91 points. A beautifully balanced wine, but still tight. Hold two years.


    Food Pairing: Smoked turkey and cranberry sandwich, skirt steak with hazelnut picada, chicken and swiss chard casserole, bison burgers with blueberries and goat cheese, and portobello mushroom fries.

    • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2019, Bronze Medal