2017 Merlot

2017 Merlot

A Top 10 Merlot in WineAlign's Guide to Canada's Best Wines

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Aromas of mocha and dark chocolate intermingle with ripe black plums and sweet baking spices. The palate shows a deeper spice character and additional earthy notes. Firm tannin structure and fresh acidity show off the aging potential of this layered and structured wine.

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The 2017 vintage began slower than 2016, with a cool and wet spring. This left bud burst delayed slightly, but the delays didn’t last long with the first official day of summer bringing with it a warm, dry summer with temperatures above average and below average rainfall. The result was small berries, ripe with complexity and deep concentration. With small berries came lower juice yield and an overall smaller harvest. Expect this to be a stand out vintage for the Okanagan, though potentially hard to find given the smaller yield.


Harvest of our three estate vineyard blocks of Merlot began on Oct. 11, 2017. 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: 2017
Alcohol %: 15.0
Titratable Acidity:  6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/L
PH: 3.98


Top 10 Merlot's - WineAlign's Guide to Canada's Best Wines 2020

John Schreiner - 92 Points -  "This wine, which was aged 18 months in French oak (30% new), is age-worthy but is already drinking well. It begins with aromas of black cherry, plum and mocha. On the palate, it delivers flavours of dark cherries, plums, black currants and spice. The finish is long."

David Lawrason - 91 points "This is a full bodied quite plush and smooth merlot, although youthful, starchy tannins suggest time in the cellar. The nose is very ripe with raspberry/plummy fruit, vanilla, some dried herbs/tea/mossy character. The texture is superb, the length is very good to excellent."

Sarah d'Amato - 91 Points "Chocolate and choke cherry liven the nose of this voluptuous merlot. Undeniably pleasurable but even dialled back a bit from the norm showing some delicious restraint. Excellent length."

John Szabo MS - 91 Points 

Anthony Gismondi - 90 Points "Expect a whack of upfront chocolate mixed with intense black cherry. It is a New World wine tempered by natural, savoury, sagebrush notes of the Okanagan, supple textures, and fine acidity. The wine pulls you toward the glass, but it needs five to seven years to meet its magic point, which should be a good one. For now, grilled lamb or similar rich dishes are required to tame the beast."

Awards for past vintages:

2016 Merlot - 92 Points, David Lawrason, WineAlign
2015 Merlot - Gold Medal, WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
2014 Merlot - Silver medal, InterVin International Wine Awards
2013 Merlot - Silver medal, WineAlign 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:
2015 Merlot - 95 Points, John Schreiner 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