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This deep red wine has aromas of Lillooet's local sagebrush blended with freshly picked dark cherries and berries. It's a vibrant full-bodied wine with notes of Asian Five Spice, bright tannins and a powerful, long finish.
This rich, full-bodied wine is a beautifully balanced blend of 56% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. It is lush with flavours of dark cherries, blackberries and chocolate. The seemingly endless finish has peppery tones that make it the perfect wine to complement a grilled ribeye or tuna steak.
Awards & Ratings
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, Bronze Medal
- Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2017, Silver Medal
This was a featured wine in November's wine club package.
Variety: Merlot (56%),Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (17%)
Vineyard: Fort Berens Estate Vineyard, Blind Creek Vineyard, Road 9 Vineyard, Roger Pires’ Vineyard.
Cases Produced: 595
Appearance: Bright, semi-opaque, deep ruby core, lighter purple rim.
Nose: Medium+ aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, blackberry, black currant, menthol, earth, leather, ash, black pepper. Dark floral notes like violet.
Palate: Medium body, medium acid, medium tannin.Black cherry, plum, black currant, black pepper, herbal notes, and spice.
Food Pairing: Strong cheeses like Blue cheese, roasted leg of lamb with herbs, Beef Stroganoff with Porcini mushrooms, grilled steak with peppercorn sauce, and Confit duck legs.
Fort Berens has been making incredible strides since planting their first vines in 2009. They craft their wines with minimal intervention, resulting in high-quality products that are expressive of the region’s terroir.
For the 2015 Meritage Reserve, the best Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc fruit from the Fort Berens vineyard, two Okanagan vineyards, and one Similkameen vineyard were pressed separately and aged in French and American oak. After aging, the barrels showing the highest quality were chosen for this Meritage Reserve blend, and then bottle aged for another 12 months.
This wine is silky and luxurious with a long finish. It’s drinking very well right now, but will develop more complexity with 2-5 years in the cellar.
- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward