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Small Lots Sangiovese 2016

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard - 36 Barrels

Small Lots Sangiovese 2016

• Bright garnet colour with a classic bouquet of red cherry, red berry, baking spice, sweet oak and sage brush, along with an interesting note of earth and red licorice.
•  This medium to full bodied wine has soft drying tannins and food-friendly acidity.
•  Lovely juicy flavours of red berry, sour cherry and red currant unfold on the palate.
•  The lingering finish shows notes of red berry tea, cherry, pomegranate, oak, clove and allspice.
•  Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2019. Pairs well with meaty cheesy lasagna; rigatoni Bolognese; cheesy eggplant parmesan; ratatouille; wild mushroom risotto; slow-cooked stew with a side of polenta; sage and rosemary seasoned stews and roasted meats; black bean hummus with Pita chips; Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano and Manchego with fresh crusty bread.

The spring began with a blast of heat and a quick start to the season. Summer and fall cooled slightly allowing a slow, long ripening season, ideal for red varietals, and for expressive aromatic whites. The valley saw slightly wetter than normal conditions; however, the vineyards remained healthy. The southern Okanagan Valley experienced 1635 GDD (Growing Degree Days), representing higher than average heat units.

“Our Sangiovese is the first Sangiovese grown and produced as a VQA wine in Canada. We did this to prove the value of the Sandhill site - intense heat, dry desert conditions, and sandy soil. Use of traditional Brunello yeast, classic winemaking methods, and aging in small French oak barrels all contribute to a complex and elegant expression of this Italian varietal. Bottle aging for 1 to 2 years should reveal even more subtle complexities.”
 - Sandy Leier, Winemaker

Wine Making

• Harvested October 11, 2016.
• Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters with Brunello yeast.
• Full malolactic fermentation for a supple mouth-feel.
• Aged in 100% French oak barrels for 20 months (20% new oak).

Wine Analysis Alcohol: 13.9% | Dryness: 0 | Sugar: 0.6 g/litre | TA: 6.6 g/litre | pH: 3.7 | Cellaring: Enjoy now to 2025 | Release Date: November 2018 | Barrels Produced: 36 | CSPC# 700641 | PID# 1114495

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