Feb 13th, 2015
An intense nose of dark berries, violets, kirsch, currants and chocolate welcome you to this Merlot. Fuller-bodied, with robust tannins and rich flavours of damson plum, raspberry, dried cherry, cocoa and vanilla with a smooth finish.
Liquidity’s Merlot plantings from 1996 and 2005 have been cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 2 short tons per acre. The outstanding summer weather in 2013 led to the earliest start to the BC grape harvest on record, and a bumper crop. However, September saw temperatures start to dip before they took a more substantial plunge in October. The end of the season was soggy and with it came wasps, hail, sour rot and other challenges.
The Merlot was hand harvested in mid-October, destemmed and crushed to ferment in small one-ton fermenters, with 30% wild fermented. The finished wine was racked to mature for 15 months in French oak barrels (20% new).
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this with aged or blue cheeses, grilled beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, roasted pork, or simply a fireplace and good friends.