2013 No.21 Splitrail Merlot
Black cherry, blueberries and red plum fruit with dark chocolate and a touch of leather. Solid, refined tannins.
French Clones 181 & 347
October 2013 from our Osoyoos Estate vineyards
Our Splitrail merlot hails from the eastern region of Osoyoos when some of the longest hangtime occurs. This additional time on the vine gives the grapes a deep colour and intensity that translates into a robust wine. French oak barrel aging provided additional depth and complexity in the extended finish. This wine is enjoyable now, or cellar for the next 5-8 years.
Aged 15 months in 100% French oak
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.