Quails’ Gate, VQA Merlot 2013

Details

Winery:
Quails’ Gate
Vintage:
2013
Varietal:
100% Merlot
Country:
Canada
Region:
British Columbia
Subregion:
Okanagan Valley
Price:
$27.95
Availability:
Vintages
Inv Status:
In Inventory
Alcohol
14.5% %
Bottle size:
750mL
Btls/Case:
12
Winemaker:
Grant Stanley

Tasting Notes

Aromas of plum mix with sweet and smoky oak. The palate is fresh and vibrant with fine sinewy tannins supporting the fruit. A long, velvety finish completes this elegant wine.

Technical Notes

The 2007 Merlot grapes were harvested in October, 90% from the Quails’ Gate Boucherie Mountain vineyards, and the remainder from vineyards near Osoyoos. 2007 was a favourable year for Merlot with good heat throughout the growing season and cool nights in October to preserve the fruits flavour and acidity. Spontaneous yeast fermentation and extended skin contact give this wine rich colour and extraction with great complexity. Prior to blending and bottling this wine was barrel aged in 1 year old French and American oak for 18 months.

Awards

Silver - Wine Access’ Canadian Wine Awards

Reviews

"This is a meaty merlot, full-bodied and ripe, with flavours of plum, blackberry, vanilla and coffee. Very dry, it is supported by substantial fine tannins. Not organic. Pair it with big steaks or braised red meats. Score - 90pts -- Beppi Crosariol/Globe & Mail, Apr 27/13 “An elegant, perfumed, restrained Merlot from Quails' Gate offering a very Bordelaise/St Emilion like character with some savory sea salt and beautiful floral aromatics. A sophisticated buy.” 90pts - Sara d’Amato - WineAlign Tasted March 2013 “Ripe, clean, appealing, dark fruit, black plum, spiced cherry-scented example of merlot from the Okanagan Valley, with firm tannins and well-balanced palate - this is fresher than the 2009 merlot from Quails'' Gate, and more enjoyable in my view. “ 89 pts - John Szabo - WineAlign Tasted March 2013. Value Rating: **

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