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Culmina Family Estate Winery Merlot

Merlot


Cellar Door Price $31.00

Merlot 100.0%
Alcohol 14.0%
PH 3.66
Acidity Tartaric 6.4
Residual Sugar (G/L) 0.37
Drinking Start Year 2015
Drinking End Year 2025

Aromas of ripe black plum and violets are complemented by subtle nutmeg and cinnamon. Gravel minerality of Arise Bench with juicy wild blackberry flavours and integrated toasted oak. Food Pairing: Demi-glazed veal chops; angus beef, grilled or braised with aromatic herbs;

Growing Conditions

2013 began with a seasonal budbreak in late April, followed by good growing conditions in early May. Warmer than average temperatures in June combined with warm and dry conditions in July caused earlier than expected véraison during the 3rd week of August. Late September was marked by 13 days of cool, wet, and unpredictable weather, but a long stretch of warm and sunny days in October brought about full phenolic and flavour ripeness in all varieties.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 100% malolactic

Aging

Barrel Regime: 100% French Oak (50% new, 50% 1-yr old)

Maturation: 16 months in barrel

Harvest

Date: 17 October 2013

Bottling

Date: 29 June 2015

Nose

Generous aromas of ripe black plum and violets are complemented by subtle nutmeg and cinnamon.

Palate

The dense, plush palate reflects the gravel minerality of Arise Bench with juicy wild blackberry flavours and integrated toasted oak. Elegant and well-structured, the finish is long and pronounced.

Food Pairing

Demi-glazed veal chops; angus beef, grilled or braised with aromatic herbs; Dijon mustard and thyme-rubbed lamb; roasted beets; morel mushrooms; firm cheeses like aged Cheddar or Fontina; and raw cheeses like Gruyere or Comté.


A Selection of Other Merlot's from Okanagan Valley


A Selection of Other Merlot's from Canada