The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the VQA sub appellation of Creek Shores. The vines are 13 years old and the heavy clay soils and proximity to the lake serves to mitigate weather extremes. After sending pickers through the vineyard to remove under ripe, overripe or unhealthy bunches, the grapes for this Merlot were machine harvested. The fruit was cold soaked in order to extract additional flavours and colour and was then fermented around 28oC in stainless steel vats. Following fermentation, manual punching down was performed to gently extract added colours, flavours and desirable fruit skin tannins. The wine remained on the skins macerating for roughly 5 weeks. Once fermentation was complete, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and remained in the steel tank on the fine yeast lees with periodic racking to aerate the wine. The choice to keep this wine unoaked was made in order to preserve and spotlight the wonderful bright, deep and dark fruit character of the Merlot grapes. The wine was bottled in July, 2014.
Another in a series of delicious Merlots from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard the 2013 version offers dark cherry syrup and Italian plum, berry tea and a refreshing edge in the form of savoury herbs such as rosemary and sage. Earthy tobacco leaf adds another dimension of complexity. Very approachable now, this wine should be served at 18oC in a large glass as it will enjoy some aeration. Pair with herb roasted chicken, lightly smoked dry-rubbed ribs, mushroom and goat cheese risotto or a fine grass fed grilled Angus ribeye.