Burrowing Owl Estate Meritage (750ml)
Burrowing Owl winery and vineyards lie within the northernmost tip of the Antelope Brush ecosystem, which is part of a semi-arid shrub steppe. The location on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau is near the north end of Osoyoos Lake. This is one of the most highly-rated grape growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter, Canada. This wine is a blend of 3% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The five varieties are harvested by hand from Burrowing Owls’s vineyards before being hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then slightly crushed and gravity dropped into fermenting tanks. The crushed grapes rest at low temperature prior to being slowly heated to start fermentation. Some of the ferments occur naturally, while others are inoculated with adapted yeast strains. Each variety is treated individually for a year until the first blending. The blend is then transferred to a selection of French (85%), Hungarian, Russian and American oak barrels for another 9 months. Racked off its lees carefully and regularly, the wine is bottled unfiltered.
This is a wine with lots of cassis, vanilla, blackberry and black plum with toasted nuts, smoke, black olives, chocolate, sage and floral notes. The palate is well structured with plenty of acidity and tannin for long ageing and lots of primary fruit thank mingles with cedar and cigar box spiciness. This is a wine that should mature and evolve for at least 10 years.