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  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Silver Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal

Equipose, 2016

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2016 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.8% ALC/VOL

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  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Syrah

Critic's Rating88 pts


Equipoise means balance or a state of equilibrium. At Tightrope we strive for balance in everything we do, especially in our wine. This blend of Merlot (40%), Syrah(40%) and Cab Franc(20%) is made from grapes grown on the Naramata Bench and reflects its unqiue terrior. There are aromas and flavours of dark fruit such as cherrries, plums and blackberries, as well as vanilla, tobacco and spice. The tannins are velvety and the finish is long.

As with all of our red wines, the grapes are hand-picked, small lot fermented and gently treated through the whole winemaking process. The grapes are cold soaked for up to 5 days before fermentation is begun. The temperature is carefully controlled to get good colour and tannin extraction, without striping the delicate fruit flavours. In total the wine spends about 21 days on skins. our hands on approach creates wines that are well rounded, approachable, but meant to age. The components of this wine were aged separately for 10 to 12 months in 50% new French Oak before being thoughtfully blended.

Technical Notes:

Harvest Date: Oct 16, 19, 22 & 25, 2016
pH: 3.67
TA: 6.2 g/L
Res. Sugar: 2.8 g/L
Alcohol: 13.8%
Case Production: 310 cases

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

88 pts

Gismondi on Wine: Tightrope Winery Equipoise 2016 Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Equipose is a mix of Naramata merlot (40%), syrah (40%) and cabernet franc (20%) made from small lot ferments cold-soaked for five days and macerated for three weeks. It is all aged in French oak, and half of the wood is new. As you might expect, the aromas and flavours are intense, evoking black fruits, cherries, plums and blackberries, dusted in vanilla and pipe tobacco. The palate is soft, and the tannins well managed. You can drink this now if you like a rambunctious, fruity style, but it is worth laying this down for a couple of years until it fully comes together. Love the 13.8 percent alcohol. A classic red made for lamb chops, roasted lamb, or roasted fall vegetables.

Silver-Cascadia Wine Competition 2018


  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Silver Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal


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