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Small Lots Malbec 2015

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Phantom Creek Vineyard
8 Barrels

Small Lots Malbec 2015

Purple garnet colour with a lovely, aromatic bouquet of baked blue plum, blueberry, sweet spice, violet, sweet oak, vanilla and chocolate. This medium to full-bodied wine has smooth, silky tannins and food-friendly acidity.
On the palate, look for juicy black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit flavours, along with hints of spice and chocolate. The lingering finish shows notes of juicy dark fruits, spice, coffee and charred wood.
A wonderful wine for cool evening sipping. Pairs well with grilled steaks with a chimichurri sauce; Tuscan steak on bed of arugula; rich meat pies; Tourtiere with tangy, but not sweet, chili sauce; beef bourguignon; chorizo and black bean empanadas; peppercorn steaks; Shepherd’s pie; Irish stew; lightly spiced turkey black bean chili; roasted beets.

The southern Okanagan Valley experienced back-to-back seasons of extreme heat units in 2014 and 2015, which saw 1702 and 1764 Growing Degree Days, respectively. The 2015 vintage saw the highest recorded GDD since the record-breaking 1998 vintage at 1778 GDD. The long, warm, sunny and dry 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. 2015 is another epic vintage for the history books.

“The very warm ripening conditions give a rich, fruit-forward, slightly floral character to our Malbec. Previous vintages have been acknowledged as the best Malbec in British Columbia.”
Wine Making Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters. Hand punched down three times daily. Aged in new American oak barrels for 22 months.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.0% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 0.3 g/litre TA 6.0 g/litre pH 3.8 Cellaring Enjoy now to 2021 Release Date December 2017

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