This is Merlot with a difference: 100% estate-grown South Okanagan fruit from our Black Sage Bench (Diamondback) and Golden Mile Bench (Tinhorn Creek) vineyards. It was aged for 18 months in new French and American oak. The result is a rich, full bodied wine with concentrated cherry and berry fruit flavours and a smoky, peppery, herbal complexity.
91 points "Lifted black fruit flavours are both elegant and downright tasty! This is one of Canada's best Merlot producers, if not the best. Mouth-watering acidity makes this wine a fantastic food companion"
Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, November 2, 2009
90 - 92 Points
"This is a rich and well-balanced wine with spicy berry aromas and with flavours of blackberry, cherry, and plum"
John Schreiner, John Schreiner on Wine Blog, October 30th, 2009
"...presents a combination of smoked/savoury aromas with black cherries and plums, herbs, leather, and cracked pepper. It has bright cherry/berry fruit flavours on the entry followed by espresso, chocolate and spice. Well balanced with lively acidity and youthful, ripe tannins on the finish"
Daenna Van Mulligan, The Wine Diva, October 2009
The 2006 vintage of the Oldfield Series Merlot is once again a slightly different blend from previous vintages. It consists of 93% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah. The Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation finished they were blended together in stainless steel tanks before moving into barrels for aging. After barrel aging it was blended together again before bottling. Like all red wine under the Oldfield Series label this wine was aged in bottle for over a year before release.
Food Pairing Notes
In summer, try with grilled steak, veal chop, or BBQ leg of lamb. In winter, serve with roast chicken or turkey, roast pork or a savoury stew.
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