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Small Lots Three 2014

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard
16 Barrels

Small Lots Three 2014

Our Three is a unique and distinctive blend of popular Italian varietals, grown right here in the Okanagan Valley, and handcrafted by master winemaker Howard Soon.

44% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Barbera, 11% Merlot

Deep garnet colour with an interesting bouquet of smoke, earth, leather and brambleberry.
This full-bodied wine has moderate drying tannins and good structure.
Ripe black fruits and leather, along with a savoury note of earth and spice evolve on the palate.
Ripe black currants, cocoa and coffee bean notes linger beautifully on the finish.
Serve with Shepherd’s pie; grilled lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb; prime rib; grilled red meats; Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese.

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.

“With over ten years of experience with the Small Lots blends (One, Two, and Three) we now have a clear understanding to how bottle aging can make these wines so delightful to drink. This year we increased the amounts of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The warmer than usual vintage provided the true expression of the Italian varietal, Sangiovese, to show its amazing potential in the Okanagan Valley. The use of Cabernet Sauvignon assists in building the structure and tannins of the blend, along with increasing complexity, depth and polish. This is our version of what a ‘Super Italian’ might be, with Cabernet Sauvignon adding more lift to the blend. Enjoy over the next 6 to 7 years, into 2021.”
Wine Making The warmer vintage gave the Italian varietals more expression, richness and polish. Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters. Full malolactic fermentation for a supple mouth-feel. Aged in barrels (American and French) as separate varietals for 20 months before final assemblage.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 14.4% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 0.6 g/litre TA 6.47 g/litre pH 3.86 Cellaring Enjoy now to 2021 Release Date January 2017 Barrels Produced 16

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