2012 No.34 Western Trail Merlot
Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and clove. Polished tannins and full body.
French Clone 181
October 2012 from our West Osoyoos Estate vineyards
Our Western Trail Merlot is a powerful and stately wine. The estate vineyards location in the western portion of the Osoyoos sub-appellation produce grapes that bring out the blue and black fruit flavours in wine. French oak barrel aging rounds out the long finish. This wine is enjoyable now, or cellar for the next 5-8 years.
15 months in 100% American oak
The 2012 season started well and early Spring conditions were settled with a couple of chilly mornings, but no frost damage. Bud break was nearly on time, but June brought cooler weather with consistent, intermittent rainfall – nearly half of the normal annual precipitation. A warm and dry summer ensured ideal fruit development resulting in slightly reduced workloads in our vineyards. Yields were spot-on and summer pruning (leaf-thinning, etc.) was not as involved as in previous years. Veraison took place under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid- August to the end of September. The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather allowed the grapes to develop thick skins and gave rise to expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. Cabernet and Merlot flavours in particular were well developed at an earlier stage of sugar ripeness than in previous years, allowing us to harvest earlier and setting up the winemaking team to create wines that reflect the personality of the vintage, and of course, Mission Hill.