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Merlot, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.1% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating89 pts


BC VQA British Columbia

Tasting Notes: This Merlot is deep garnet in colour with an aromatic bouquet of black cherry, roasted coffee bean, sweet oak and dark chocolate. This medium-bodied wine has soft drying tannins, and flavours of ripe cherry and plum fruit accented by notes of cocoa and spice. Lovely notes of black tea, red berry, cocoa and spicy oak linger on the finish.

Food Pairings: Excellent with quail; pheasant; grilled lamb chops; cold beef wraps; grilled T-bone steaks; Portobello mushrooms; bean stews; beef brisket; pot roast; one-year old Canadian cheddar and Bellavitano Merlot cheeses.

Winemaking: The Merlot grapes were harvested from long-standing growers for Gray Monk within the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.  The grapes underwent traditional red wine making, 12 months aging in French and American oak barrels for added complexity, and a full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouth-feel.

Sweetness Level: (0) Dry, 3.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.82 g/L

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

89 pts

- Tony Aspler


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in March's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA British Columbia
Vineyard: Various vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys
Residual Sugar: 3.2 g/L
Cases Produced: 6,500


Appearance: Deep ruby in colour.
Nose: Cedary, plum and cherry bouquet with oak spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry and savoury with dark chocolate and plum flavours with a touch of smoke, Lively acidity and ripe tannins.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Drinking well now, but could hold for a couple of years.


Food Pairing: Macaroni and cheese with truffle shavings, turkey meatloaf with bacon and fennel, chicken and chorizo jambalaya, beef wellington with blackberry sauce, and braised short ribs in merlot sauce.

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