2016 Merlot

2016 Merlot

A beautifully layered and structured wine. Drinking beautifully now!

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Lavender and florals followed by bright red fruit on the nose.  The palate shows ripe fruit with notes of red currant, raspberry, and red liquorice. Grippy tannin structure and fresh acidity show off the aging potential of the layered and structured wine. 

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John Schreiner - 92 Points "This is a bold Merlot. The alcohol is 15.1% but the wine has the substance to carry it. It begins with aromas of black cherry and black currant mingled with vanilla (the wine spent 18 months in French oak – 30% new). The palate is generous with flavours of dark fruits with a touch of chocolate and spice."

David Lawrason - 92 Points "This ripe 2016 shows a nicely billowing nose of sweet plum and blackberry with hints of licorice, sage, tobacco, spice and oak vanillin. Lovely aromatics. It is quite full bodied with both merlot plushness and B.C. brightness... Feels rich then battens down and dries on the finish with fine tannin. Herbals come through in the end. The length is excellent. Best 2021 to 2025. Tasted June 2020"

Awards for past vintages:
2015 Merlot – Gold Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
2014 Merlot - Silver medal, InterVin International Wine Awards
2013 Merlot - Silver medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2017
2012 Merlot - Silver medal, 2014 BC Wine Awards
2007 Merlot - Best of Varietal & Gold Medal, 2010 BC Wine Awards

Media for past vintages:
2013 Merlot – King of Sweden tries Painted Rock Merlot: National Post
2013 Merlot - "I really enjoyed this Merlot tasted in a lineup against several other locals..." Anthony Gismondi, 91 Points The Vancouver Sun
2012 Merlot: 16.5 Points awarded by Richard Hemming: www.jancisrobinson.com



Harvest of our three estate vineyard blocks of Merlot began on October 11, 2016. The blocks were harvested individually, broken into small batches, cold soaked on the skins for 4 days and fermented for an additional 21 days on the skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. The resulting individual wines were aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak and blended prior to being bottled, unfiltered.

Vintage: 2016
Alcohol %: 15.1
Titratable Acidity:  6.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L
PH: 3.69


The 2016 growing season started out early and similar to 2015 -hot hot hot. Both bud break and flowering were ahead of schedule in the spring with little rainfall, lots of sun and warm temperatures in both April and May. In June things became less consistent with more rain and lower temperatures. This weather continued through July with temperatures continuing to sit below the average for the first half of the month. It was mid-July before 'summer' seemed to kick back in with temperatures sitting around average for the rest of July, August and September.