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  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Silver Medal

Altitude, 2016

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2016 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.5% ALC/VOL

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot


Altitude is our most premium wine. It is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, which has been aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak giving it a very rich and full mouthfeel. This is definitely one for the cellar. Or, if you just can’t wait, we recommend decanting it for an hour or two before enjoying, you’ll be glad you did!

Nose: black cherry, cassis, Damsun plum, cocoa, milk chocolate

Palate: black cherry, cocoa nibs, velvety tannins, cordial cherry and a well-rounded finish.

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  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Silver Medal British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Silver Medal


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Tasting Notes

The 2015 vintage was a featured wine in May's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Varietals: Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%)
Vineyard: Various Naramata Bench vineyards
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/L
Cases Produced: 208


Appearance: Opaque purple-ruby in colour.
Nose: Cedary, tobacco, blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice and a light floral note.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied, richly extracted flavours of blackcurrant and plum with notes of cinnamon and mocha chocolate. Firmly structured with evident but ripe tannins.
Quality: 91-92 points, dependent on cellaring. Outstanding. Hold 1-2 years.


Food Pairing: Beef short ribs with black pepper sauce, grilled lamb chops with honey and herb chimichurri, caprese salad with flank steak, balsamic roast chicken with tomatoes and swiss chard, and quinoa jambalaya.

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