2011 Nk'Mip Cellars Winemakers Merlot

2011 Nk'Mip Cellars Winemakers Merlot

Osoyoos, British Columbia

$20.00




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VARIETAL:

ALCOHOL: 13.81%

SIZE: 750ml

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Why We're Drinking It:

HARVEST REPORT
Although summer arrived later than usual in the 2011 growing season, we experienced typical Okanagan summer weather throughout August, and fortunately September produced some record breaking temperatures during the day. Most importantly, our vineyards experienced a number of nights that maintained relatively warm temperatures, which greatly helped in lowering the acidity levels, putting all of the grapes into excellent balance on our sites.

WINEMAKING
The fruit was sourced from various vineyards on Osoyoos Indian Band land. It was fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. A good everyday
wine that also has the ability to age.

Tasting Notes:

Our 2011 Merlot weaves intricate flavours of plum, cassis and fresh tobacco that layer harmoniously with subtle clove and cocoa, leading into a concentrated toasty finish.

The Story to Know:

This lakeside property is located on 1,200 acres of band land located in the town of Osoyoos. This southern Okanagan area is home to Canada's only pocket desert. With some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan, this region is well known for its long, hot summer days and cool nights, mild winters and minimum rainfall. All of these factors contribute to this fabulous grape-growing region.

The winery was designed by Robert Mackenzie, a Penticton based architect, who has designed four other wineries in the southern Okanagan. The 18,000 square foot winery has the capacity to produce 18,000 cases or 162,000 litres. The winery is equipped to handle approximately 60% red grapes and 40% white. The varietals currently produced are Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling Icewine and several red blends including the ultra premium Mer'r'iym Meritage blend. These grapes come from the Band's own Inkameep Vineyard as well as the vineyard that surrounds the winery.

HARVEST REPORT
Although summer arrived later than usual in the 2011 growing season, we experienced typical Okanagan summer weather throughout August, and fortunately September produced some record breaking temperatures during the day. Most importantly, our vineyards experienced a number of nights that maintained relatively warm temperatures, which greatly helped in lowering the acidity levels, putting all of the grapes into excellent balance on our sites.

WINEMAKING
The fruit was sourced from various vineyards on Osoyoos Indian Band land. It was fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. A good everyday
wine that also has the ability to age.

Our 2011 Merlot weaves intricate flavours of plum, cassis and fresh tobacco that layer harmoniously with subtle clove and cocoa, leading into a concentrated toasty finish.

This lakeside property is located on 1,200 acres of band land located in the town of Osoyoos. This southern Okanagan area is home to Canada's only pocket desert. With some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan, this region is well known for its long, hot summer days and cool nights, mild winters and minimum rainfall. All of these factors contribute to this fabulous grape-growing region.

The winery was designed by Robert Mackenzie, a Penticton based architect, who has designed four other wineries in the southern Okanagan. The 18,000 square foot winery has the capacity to produce 18,000 cases or 162,000 litres. The winery is equipped to handle approximately 60% red grapes and 40% white. The varietals currently produced are Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling Icewine and several red blends including the ultra premium Mer'r'iym Meritage blend. These grapes come from the Band's own Inkameep Vineyard as well as the vineyard that surrounds the winery.