Sudden Inversion Meritage (2016)

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As a family, we’ve always made big reds, but the site at Greata Ranch doesn’t lend itself to growing those kinds of wines, so we hand-sourced the grapes for this wine from the South Okanagan near the Osoyoos airstrip – a nice coincidence given its label. The 2016 vintage started with an unusually early and hot spring. This was followed by cooler temperatures in the summer months and a long, moderate autumn lending to long hang times for the fruit to mature and develop great flavour and complexity. The Meritage – a blend of Merlot, Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon – was cold soaked for 5 days with 10% being whole bunch. Each varietal was fermented separately in stainless steel then all lots were blended before barrelling down to French oak for 14 months aging. A natural, wild malolactic fermentation occurred in spring which was followed by further aging to add complexity and depth.


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SKU: 237096
Wine Specs
Harvest Date
Merlot October 5, 2106; Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon October 14, 2016.
French oak for 14 months. 12% new, 88% neutral.
25 days. 10% whole bunch.
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of dark berries & chocolate, with hints of mint, anise and leather with a toasty edge. The palate is full, showing blackberry, blueberry and dark plum. Dense layers of fruit and texture with smooth velvety tannins. Moderate weight and length.
Vineyard Notes
Hand sourced from Maverick Vineyard in Osoyoos.
Production Notes
67% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfined & unfiltered. Bottled March 2018.
Winemaker Notes
Aging potential 1 – 7 years.
Food Pairing Notes
A nice well-marbled ribeye.
963 cases.