2012 Splitrail Merlot 1.5L
Black cherry, blueberries, and red plum fruit with dark chocolate and a touch of leather. Solid, refined tannins.
French Clone 181 & 247
15 months in 100% French oak
A splitrail denotes a fence or enclosure made from pieces of wood split lengthwise from the log. We named this wine, Splitrail Merlot, as a reminder of the many splitrail pieces used to create fences by the early pioneering farmers, especially the orchard growers. Image No.21 illustrates the height aspect of this vineyard. 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.