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Small Lots Barbera 2014

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard

Small Lots Barbera 2014

Deep ruby red colour with a wonderful bouquet of red plum, earth and cherry accented by notes of leather, oak and violet.
This medium-bodied wine has smooth, soft tannins and classic, bright, food-friendly acidity.
Juicy, fruit-forward flavours of red berry, cherry and plum mingle with notes of spice and red licorice.
Red fruit flavours along with interesting notes of earth, wood and spice box linger on the finish.
A great wine for cool evening sipping or enjoy with mushroom or meat sauce based lasagna; cheesy eggplant parmesan; red sauce pasta dishes with sausage or meatballs or mushrooms, along with grated Parmigiano Reggiano; Pecorino, Grana Padano cheeses and cured meat platter; and gourmet pizza topped with roasted tomato, mozzarella, basil, grilled eggplant and roasted red pepper.

The story of the vintage is the record heat units or Growing Degree Days (GDD), the second highest level recorded in the southern Okanagan, at 1702 GDD. The year began with a normal spring arrival, followed by near normal rainfall throughout the season. The long, warm, sunny growing period provided a good size crop of high quality fruit. Look for white wines with pure fruit expression and big bold reds with soft tannins and ripe, rich fruit. 2014 is an epic vintage for the history books.

“Favourable, warm heat units in 2014 helps our Barbera reach full expression. The Barbera planting is at the base of the cliff at the southern tip of our estate vineyard. The accumulated heat offered by the cliff, results in fully ripe grapes with moderate acidity. Careful attention by our vineyard manager to limit yields, brings full, ripe flavours and smooth tannins. This vineyard captures the true expression of Canada's only Barbera.” Howard Soon, Winemaker
Wine Making Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters with Brunello yeast. Full malolactic fermentation for a supple mouth-feel. Aged in American and French oak barrels for 20 months.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.9% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 0.5 g/litre TA 6.95 g/litre pH 3.85 Cellaring Enjoy now to 2019 Release Date January 2017 Barrels Produced 18

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