Oldfield Series Merlot 2013

"Also from the Diamondback Vineyard, the nose shows black cherries, mocha, currants, plums and elegant oak spices. It’s rich and layered on the palate with lovely texture that complements the intense red fruits, plums and toasted oak spice notes. Smooth tannins, licorice and a long finish complete this wine - 91 points" - Rick Vansickle, October 2016.

SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017
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Nice and open nose with plum jam, baking spices and black cherries. Palate is vibrant and youthful. Stewed cherries, licorice and vanilla on a supple frame that finishes with strawberry jam. Wine is drinking well already and will for the foreseeable future.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Nice and open nose with plum jam, baking spices and black cherries. Palate is vibrant and youthful. Stewed cherries, licorice and vanilla on a supple frame that finishes with strawberry jam. Wine is drinking well already and will for the foreseeable future.
Ratings
*91 points - John Schreiner, Oct 2016. *89 points - "ruby with a mature rim; cedary, wood spice on the nose with strawberry and raspberry notes aromas and a light floral note; medium-bodied, full on the palate with blackberry and black cherry flavours and a tannic lift on the finish. Good mouthfeel. St. Emilion in style" - Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, October 2016.
Awards
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 - Silver Medal.
Vineyard Notes
Another beautiful, warm, dry summer along with a cool autumn, means another great growing season for our Bordeaux grape varieties. There was almost zero disease or pest pressure on the vineyard this year, and the grapes were allowed to hang until achieving optimal ripeness in early October. The vineyard required some shoot thinning in the spring to control the yield and then we opened up the canopy early with leaf pulling on the eastern facing (morning sun) side of the blocks. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
Production Notes
The grapes were destemmed and crushed before cold settling on skins for three days. The wine was inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally and then temperature was maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines were then pressed to older barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines were kept on the lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine was then aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
Production
Cases made: 2076
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 2013
Acid
5.55
pH
3.78
Aging
Cellaring potential: 10-15 years
Bottling Date
June 2015
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
13.8
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Oldfield Series Merlot 2013