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Small Lots Single Block Merlot - C1 2012

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard
6 Barrels

Small Lots Single Block Merlot - C1 2012


Garnet colour with an interesting bouquet of spiced plum, sweet oak, vanilla extract, cigar box and chocolate. This Merlot is medium-bodied with moderate drying tannins, and good structure and mouth-feel. Flavours of ripe black fruits are accented by notes of spice, oak and smoke. The lingering finish has wonderful notes of smoky oak, cocoa, spice, vanilla and blackberry. Pairs well with grilled steaks and sautéed mushrooms; meat pies; grilled lamb chops; one and two year old Canadian cheddar; rich winter stews; prime rib roast. Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2015.


The growing season began slowly and remained unseasonably cool right through July. Reducing the crop load in the vineyards was essential in producing a healthy harvest, as higher crop yields would not ripen sufficiently in cooler temperatures. Normal summer temperatures arrived in August and carried through to late October. Careful monitoring of the vineyards and the perfect timing for harvest was key. Overall tonnage was down for 2011. The whites are very vibrant. The reds are also good, with softer fruit intensity and balanced tannin structure.


“Block C1 has produced a pure expression of Merlot for the 2011 vintage. The aspect of the block, its proximity to a rocky cliff and sandy soil all contribute to unique expression of terroir. Intense cultivation by our vineyard managers ensures low yields and the quality of fruit required to make premium single block merlot.”

Wine Making

-  Harvested October 14, 2010.
- Gentle crush and 4 day cold soak
- Aged in new French oak barrels for 20 months

Wine Analysis

- Alcohol 15%
- Dryness Code 0
- 3.7 g/L residual sugar
- 6.52 g/L total acidity
- pH  3.59
- Released: December 2010
- Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar until 2016.

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