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Merlot Malbec, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL

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  • Malbec
  • Merlot

Critic's Rating89 pts


An early spring and warm summer, moderated by late season smoke cover, allowed for very long time for 2018 red grapes. Wine from an older planting of Malbec blends nicely with the younger (9 years old) Merlot block. Bottled under screw cap to ensure the integrity of freshness and flavour.

Full-bodied with abundant dark fruit and spiced-mocha flavours.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

89 pts

- Tony Aspler


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in May's Wine Club package, 2021.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Varietal: Merlot (80%) & Malbec (20%)
Vineyard: Various Naramata Bench vineyards
Residual Sugar: 2.45 g/L
Cases Produced: 490


Appearance: Dense purple in colour.
Nose: Cedary, lightly spicy, black plum bouquet.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied, plum and milk chocolate flavours with lively acidity. Firmly structured with grainy tannins.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Hold 1 – 2 years.


Food Pairing: Pulled pork tacos, kimchi chicken burger, beef teriyaki rice bowl, beer and cheddar soup, and venison backstrap with sesame broccoli.

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