Sudden Inversion Meritage 2019

Sudden Inversion Meritage 2019

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 2019 vintage started with a warm winter that was abruptly interrupted by weeks of extreme arctic airflow. Winter was followed by a long cool spring, then a warm, unusally wet and humid summer. Despite a challenging growing year and harvest, thanks to lighter crop loads, percise picking and sorting, we still achieved a clean and focused wine. 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
Vintage
2019
Harvest Date
October 15, 2019
Acid
5.6
pH
3.7
Aging
French oak for 14 months. 10% new, 90% neutral.
Fermentation
25 days. 10% whole bunch.
Bottling Date
March 2021
Residual Sugar
3.2g/L
Alcohol %
14.0
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A deep ruby colour. Aromas of plum, dark berries, and spice, with subtle herbaceous notes and a hint of violets. The palate starts with a smooth yet textural line of tannins leading to a long, elegant finish. Light fruit and acid balance the soft tannins for a delicate approachable Meritage. Still young, this wine will develop with age
Vineyard Notes
Hand sourced from Maverick Vineyard in Osoyoos.
Production Notes
65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfined & unfiltered. Bottled March 2021
Winemaker Notes
Aging potential 1 – 7 years.
Food Pairing Notes
A nice well-marbled ribeye.
Production
1130 cases