2016 Red Icon

2016 Red Icon

A flagship blend made from Bordeaux grapes.

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Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak.  A blend of 45% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon.


This wine invites you in with rich aromas of blackberry, dark plums, cassis and sweet spices. The palate, with its velvety tannins and high acid, offers bold and juicy black fruit layered with pepper, baking spices, vanilla and chocolate. Those who cellar this wine will be rewarded.

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John Schreiner "The wine begins with aromas of blackberry, cassis and spice. The flavours are redolent with black cherry, blueberry and black raspberry mingled with subtle notes of chocolate. The tannins are long and silky." 95 Points

Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail  "It can't be easy living up to the name Red Icon. Yet, Painted Rock's flagship wine has done a compelling job since Day 1. This example from 2016, a good vintage, achieved ideal ripeness, capturing decadent cassis-and plum-like fruit and impressive mid-palate density. The texture is beautifully polished and the oak (just 30% percent new) well-handled, contributing spice, cedar and charred notes while the wine glides to a firm finish. A merlot-led Bordeaux blend, it should develop beautifully for up to 20 years, with a likely sweet spot of around 2030." 95 Points

Michael Godel, Wine Align " Provided you are not hypnotized into consuming Painted Rock's Red Icon in the first 15 minutes of its opening I would highly recommend that you sip portions of it over a five day stretch. Keep the cork snug in between visits and store it at cellar temperature but only this exercise will teach you about the structural design. Merlot may be at the head with 44 per cent representation but all five Bordeaux grape varieties are key to the stratified layers of grace. Is it aromatic? Yes. Is the fruit great? Indeed, in fact the tenets of ripeness, extraction and maceration could not have been executed with better belief and acumen. What about acidity? Fine. Tannin? Super fine. Has Painted Rock previously made a more stylish or iconic wine? Probably but this is the Red Icon that has my current attention. For five days. Drink 2019-2029." 94 Points

Awards and Media for Past Vintages

2015 Red Icon – 93 Points – Decanter Magazine – September 2018 issue Steven Spurrier Fine Wine Selection
2015 Red Icon – Gold Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2018
2015 Red Icon – Silver Medal, InterVin International Wine Awards of Canada
2014 Red Icon – Best Red – Okanagan, 2017 Best of BC Wine Country Awards
2013 Red Icon – 94 Points, Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine
2012 Red Icon – 17 Points, Richard Hemming, www.jancisrobinson.com
2010 Red Icon – Gold Medal, 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards
2009 Red Icon – Gold Medal, 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards
2009 Red Icon – Silver Medal, 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
2009 Red Icon – Silver Medal, 2012 Devanter World Wine Awards
2007 Red Icon – Winner of the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence In BC Wines
2007 Red Icon – Winner of the People’s Choice Awards, 2010 Fall Okanagan Wine Festival


Blend: 44% Merlot,  21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Malbec 

Each vineyard block was individually hand picked and berry sorted. Blocks were then broken into small batches, cold soaked on their skins for four days and fermented for an additional 21 days on their skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. All batches are then barrel aged for 18 months in 30% new french oak. The barrels that were blended to create the Red Icon were chosen first for their specific attributes. The wine was blended prior to bottling, unfiltered.

Alcohol %: 14.9
Titratable Acidity: 6. g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/L
PH: 3.80

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.