Oldfield Series Merlot 2012

"This is an Okanagan stand-out, year after year after year. A wonderful vintage ensures plump and plummy merlot fruit, complete with chocolate, sweet oak spice and a hint of smoke. Deeply flavoured with fleshy and firm tannins, juicy acidity and an ineffable sagey fragrance of the South Okanagan" - 89 points - DJ Kearney, Wine Align, June 2015.

Best BC Merlot - BC Best of Varietal Awards 2016
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Deep, dark purple colour shows this wine has longevity. Very expressive nose; vanilla, caramel, and plum jam. Opulent and rich on the palate, with layers of red and black fruit. Underlying spicy tones, cinnamon, clove and a long fruit driven finish. A big wine that shows a great balance of power and finesse. 

 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep, dark purple colour shows this wine has longevity. Very expressive nose; vanilla, caramel, and plum jam. Opulent and rich on the palate, with layers of red and black fruit. Underlying spicy tones, cinnamon, clove and a long fruit driven finish. A big wine that shows a great balance of power and finesse.
Ratings
*92 points - John Schreiner *90 points - Rick VanSickle
Awards
BEST BC Merlot - BC Best of Varietal Awards 2016. SILVER - National Wine Awards Canada. BRONZE - Intervin Awards
Vineyard Notes
After back to back cooler than average vintages, 2012 was a welcome return to typical warm Okanagan summer and cool autumn. The vineyards were in very good condition leading up to harvest and there was little to no sorting of fruit in the vineyard or winery. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
Production Notes
The grapes are destemmed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine is then inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally and then temperature is maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines are then pressed to new and second fill French Oak barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines are kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine is then aged in bottle for at least a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
Production
Cases Made: 1350
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 2012
Acid
6.5
pH
3.56
Aging
Cellaring Potential: 8 – 10 years
Bottling Date
June 2014
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14.9
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Oldfield Series Merlot 2012