Blend: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5 % | PH: 3.70 | Titratable acidity: 6.95 g/L
Bottling Date: May 2008
This wine has a very lifted, complex mélange of aromas including plums, cassis, violets and a subtle roasted meat character. On the palate, there is a smooth entry which leads into an explosion of primary dark fruit flavours, tea, and black pepper, all supported by huge lashings of soft, rich tannin and opulent oak. The finish is soft, supple, and long with persistent flavour.
The 2006 vintage was indeed one of the best vintages in the Okanagan. Near perfect growing conditions all season long, but especially in September and October, the key ripening months, gave wines with incredible richness and tannin structure.
The grapes for this wine were harvested in between October 12th-20th, 2006 from the Burrowing Owl Estate vineyards. The fruit was destemmed and crushed into closed-top stainless steel tanks and inoculated with our preferred yeast strains. The fruit was fermented for 14-18 days on skins before the wine was pressed off and transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation (MLF). At the conclusion of MLF, the wines were racked off of lees and transferred back into a mixture of French, American, and Russian oak (25% new oak) barrels where it was aged with occasional rackings until May, 2008. Unfiltered, unfined.