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Small Lots One 2016

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Vanessa Vineyard - 35 Barrels

Small Lots One 2016

BLEND: 37.6% Cabernet Franc, 34.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21.6% Merlot, 6% Syrah

• Deep garnet in colour with an ever-changing bouquet of cassis, blue plum, sweet spice, violet, oak, molasses, vanilla extract, forest floor and earth.
• This full-bodied wine has firm drying tannins, great structure and rich fruit flavours.
•  Rich black fruit flavours mingle with spice, oak and leather notes.
•  Notes of black currant, blackberry, spice and black tea linger on the finish.
•  While still young, enjoy with medium rare red meats including lamb and beef, or a cheese platter which includes three to five-year-old Canadian cheddar and other hard aged cheeses. After a few years in the cellar (2020 and beyond) enjoy with hearty winter stews, braised meats, roasted leg of lamb, or 70% dark chocolate. Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2020.

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.

“We call this wine Sandhill One because it was the first of our Bordeaux style blends made. The Vanessa Vineyard showcased rich, riper fruit expressions in the 2016 vintage; our legendary ‘One’ is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a splash of Syrah.”
 - Sandy Leier, Winemaker

Wine Making

• Hand-harvested October 17th.
• Gentle crush, then co-fermented in small open top fermenters.
• Punched down three times daily.
• Barrel malolactic fermentation.
• Aged in new American (70%) and French (30%) oak barrels for 20 months (30% new oak).

Wine Analysis Alcohol: 14.9% | Dryness Code: 0 | Sugar: 1.2 g/litre | TA: 6.7 g/litre | pH: 3.8 | Cellaring: Enjoy now to 2026 | Release Date: December 2018 | Barrels Produced: 35 | CSPC# 620351 | PID# 1114471
  1. Great nose, amazing taste profile that develops over time Review by Big Dick Johnson
    Overall impression of the wine

    Up front, the fruit strikes you as soon as you open the bottle. After decanting, it really gives way to more complexity and layers of flavor. Back label is misleading, in that it labels the grapes not in the order they appear in the blend by rather by some random number generation. (Posted on 6/1/13)

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