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Township 7 Vineyards & Winery NBO (North Bench Oliver)

NBO (North Bench Oliver)


Cellar Door Price $27.97

Cabernet Sauvignon 60.0%
Merlot 40.0%
Alcohol 11.0%
Drinking Start Year 2015
Drinking End Year 2021

A classic Bordeaux style blend, this vintage is almost evenly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with essential supporting roles rounding out the palate of Cabernet Franc and a Petite Verdot/Malbec field blend.

Growing Conditions

The 2013 season had all the textbook indicators for a great vintage beginning with a well-timed start to spring and continuing with a summer that featured generous sunshine and warm temperatures. Mid-September saw a cooling trend that brought some precipitation to the Okanagan Valley and growers were challenged by these conditions. Good viticultural practices with careful canopy management enabled the harvest of superior quality, ripe frui


North Bench Oliver’s distinct gravel soils and wind swept ridge provides a unique kind of terroir that produces stellar grapes, especially red Bordeaux varietals. Grown in one of our favourite vineyard sites, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot perfectly displays the Blue Terrace vineyard terroir. Its stony soils retain heat throughout the cool September and October evenings allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon to thoroughly ripen. Crafted with Cabernet Sauvignon clone 169, a Bordeaux variety, that typically yields a small tight cluster of floral fruit with a well-balanced acid to sugar ratio. Popular for producing a big Cabernet with intense complexity and a vibrant, deep red colour, the mouthfeel tends to be bold and linger. This clone is definitely for the adventurous winemaker! Complimenting the king of grapes, a generous dose of Merlot adds subtlety and softness to the Cabernet’s structure and strength. This full-bodied wine was fermented in open top vats over 11 days with punch downs 3 times a day for added richness of colour and flavour.

Food Pairing

Recommend serving at 16ºC with a juicy grilled rib eye and creamy mushroom risotto

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Naramata

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Canada