2018 Red Icon
Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak. 56% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot
A standout vintage of this Painted Rock classic. Rich aromas of cassis, bramble fruit and eucalyptus. Full on the palate and elegantly balanced with bright acidity and polished tannins. Lingering dark fruit and nutmeg on the lengthy finish.
John Schreiner - 94 Points "The wines from Painted Rock Estate Winery have never disappointed this reviewer, nor – I suspect – any of Painted Rock’s customers."
Daenna van Mulligan, WineDiva "Elegant, complex, substantial. Plummy aromas are layered with wild berries, purple flowers, chocolate, brown spices, mint, vanilla and tobacco. Woven and seamless on the palate it is a serious wine without being ponderous; substantial but balanced it trails chalky cocoa tannins. Following in the impressive footsteps of 2017, this 2018 is still outstanding. Open now and decant, or hold for the next decade."
Awards and Media for Past Vintages
2017 Red Icon - Decanter's "Canadian Wine of the Year"
2017 Red Icon - Decanter - 95 Points "Outstanding"
2016 Red Icon – John Schreiner – 95 Points
2016 Red Icon – Silver Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
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
56% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot
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.
|Titratable Acidity:||6.3 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||2.0 g/L|
It was an overall cooler vintage with a delayed start due to cool and wet weather. The vineyard caught up by mid-summer, just in time for the smoke to roll in in August and delay things with the blocked sunlight. That said, we are incredibly pleased this was the only impact of the smoke on our vineyard. We intentionally left leaves on all the vines throughout the smoke risk period in case there were soot issues, but due to the fantastic air movement on our site no soot settled on the fruit. Thanks to a lovely fall with lots of sunlight and little rain, the fruit was beautifully ripened on schedule with harvest beginning in October and completed by November 5th.