Burrowing Owl Merlot (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) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.
A mix of brambly red berry fruit on the nose with paprika, roasted red pepper, stewed plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and violet along with some sweet vanillin pastry crust. The palate is dry, full bodied and has nice vibrant mixed red and black brambly berry fruit, crisp acidity, the punch of blackberry, juiciness of plum, blueberry, smooth tannins and dark chocolate, dried thyme and some dusty earth.
The grapes were harvested by hand from Burrowing Owl’s Vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos in mind October. They were destemmed and gently crushed before being fed by gravity flow into stainless tanks for cold soak (4 days) and alcoholic fermentation (10 days). Both free run wine and pressed wine were then moved into barrels for malolactic fermentation followed 18 months’ageing. The selection of barrels helped round out the tannins, and contributed complex savoury, toasted and spicy notes. After the blending of the barrels, the wine was bottled unfiltered and left to mature in bottle until its release.