March 31, 2017
This full-bodied Merlot offers aromas and flavours of plum, cherry, blueberry, black currant, leather, cocoa, baking spice and liquorice, with dusty tannins and a long finish.
Liquidity’s Merlot plantings, clone 181, from 1996 and 2005 have been cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 3.6 short tons per acre. The Merlot from the Similkameen is clone 184. The 2015 season got off to a record early start, due to higher than average Growing Degree Days as well as lower than average precipitation levels. This continued through the growing season, eventually leading to a final GDD for the season of 1650. The average GDD for Okanagan Falls is 1405. In 2015 we grew more confident in the weather patterns and allowed the vines to produce more fruit, to allow them to be more balanced, and to ripen naturally later in the cooler part of late August and early September.
Merlot from our Allendale & Lusi properties along with a small amount from the Similkameen were harvested during the first two weeks of October. After a 3-4 day cold soak, the fruit was destemmed and crushed to ferment almost entirely in small one-ton fermenters. 15% wild fermented, each fermenter was punched down by hand, 2-4 times daily during the course of the fermentation. After 14-18 days of skin contact, the wine was pressed off into 100% French oak barrels (374% new) and barrel aged for 15 months. The wine was racked twice during the course of its barrel aging and blended for bottling in March 2017.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this bold red with a grilled T-bone steak, rack of lamb, Margherita pizza or beef stew.