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Small Lots Three 2016

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard - 24 Barrels

Small Lots Three 2016

Our Three is a unique and distinctive blend of popular Italian varietals, grown right here in the Okanagan Valley.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Barbera, 20% Sangiovese

Deep garnet colour with a lovely bouquet of baked blue plum, black cherry, sweet oak, Chai spice, along with a warming savoury note.
This medium to full-bodied wine has soft yet drying tannins, good structure and food-friendly acidity.
Red berries and red currant fruit notes unfold on the palate, complemented by notes of spice and coffee bean.
Chai spice, sweet oak, vanilla, red licorice, earth and charred wood notes linger beautifully on the finish.
Serve with grilled red meats; rosemary lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb; rich Rigatoni Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano; meaty cheesy lasagna; veal parmesan; cured meats and crusty breads along with Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese.

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.

“This year we increased the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it was an excellent vintage for this varietal. The extended growing season provided the true expression of the Italian varietals, Barbera and Sangiovese, and to show their 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 5 to 6 years, into 2024.” - Sandy Leier, Winemaker
Wine Making The warmer vintage gave the Italian varietals more expression, richness and polish. Gentle crush, then fermented in small open top fermenters. Fermented with a yeast isolated from Brunello fermentations in Italy to bring out the classic Italian character of these varietals (fruit, spice and earth components). Full malolactic fermentation for a supple mouth-feel. Each varietal is aged individually in oak barrels for 18 months, then the top barrels are selected and blended together, then returned to oak barrels for a further 2 months to allow integration in barrel before bottling. Aged in new (55%) and older American 90% and French 10% oak.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.4% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 0.4 g/litre TA 6.6 g/litre pH 3.8 Cellaring Enjoy now to 2024 Release Date December 2018 Barrels Produced 24 CSPC# 55574 PID# 1114533

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