Dark cherries, mocha and ripe berries unfold on the nose. The palate shows more dark fruit and black plums with firm tannins and fresh acidity. The oak and fruit are well balanced. This wine is loaded with structure and aging potential.
|Titratable Acidity:||6.3 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||3.4 g/L|
The 2014 growing year was an exceptional one; the temperatures were hot but consistent, leading to well balanced and beautifully ripe fruit. September cooled nicely to slow the sugar development while the flavours and tannin continued to develop and the bright acidity was retained. This has gone down as a “textbook Okanagan vintage” and the first of which that Painted Rock has seen. Reviewers have commented that the reds of the 2014 vintage have the potential to be “showstoppers”.
18 months 30% new French oak.
Silver medal winner at 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada
This Skaha merlot is settling into its vineyard, and in 2014 was aged 18 months in 30 percent new French oak. Not the finesse we saw last year and at 15.3 percent alcohol you could say it’s a bit of a brute. The nose is reductive with meaty notes before the black fruit and strong savoury flavours kick in. Time is what is required here to let all the various parts blend in and the wood tannins to dissipate. You can tackle it now with T-Bone or wait for some bottle ageing to kick in and check back in 2021. Anthony Gismondi