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2012 No. 34 Western Trail Merlot 1.5L

2012 No. 34 Western Trail Merlot 1.5L

A reflection of Proprietor Anthony von Mandl’s vision from three decades ago, the Terroir Collection showcases the Okanagan Valley's unique microclimates and diversity with each wine featuring a photographic image echoing an aspect of its home.

The top 3% of our estate fruit is hand-selected for these wines by our winemaker and each individual lot is carefully tasted throughout the winemaking process to ensure its quality level before the nal blend. The first step begins in the vineyards where we examine soil type, matching that with the clone by specic varietal, adapting to the climate, vineyard altitude and aspect, and the intense vine devotion that is a result of our careful precision farming. Because of this meticulous care, each offering is limited.

For us, the Terroir Collection is the heart of our passion.


The name, Western Trail, was selected in deference to the activities and path of the gold miners, the brigadiers, the cattle ranchers, and the orchardists who travelled north and south through the region along the area called Richter Pass where the vineyards are now located in West Osoyoos. We admire their pioneering spirit and use that as inspiration as we move forward in our fourth decade of wine exploration in this region. Image No.34 is one of the cattle gates amongst the vines located on the vineyard estate.

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Tasting Notes
Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and clove. Polished tannins and full body.
Winemaker Notes
100% Merlot
French Clone 181
October 2012 from our West Osoyoos Estate vineyards
Vinification Notes
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
Alcohol %
5.3 g/L
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.