EX NIHILO VINEYARDS MERLOT v.2006
|APPELLATION:||Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley|
|BOTTLE SIZE:||750 ml.|
|RESIDUAL SUGAR:||3.6 g/L (0)|
|PRICE:||$50/bottle + tax|
A cool spring gave way to later but ideal conditions for budbreak and flowering. The berries developed under the Okanagan summer sun with low humidity and above average head units. The warm temperatures, which continued into early fall, allowed for a quicker ripening than normal. harest for the Ex Nihilo Merlot was October 24, 2006.
The Merlot was fermented in stainless tanks at maximum temperature of approx 30 c. The wine was then aged in 50% new and 50% used American and French oak for 18 months.
Classic Merlot with a rich ruby-red colour and an expressive nose of raspberry, cherry, dark chocolate and allspice. A silky mouthfeel of black cherry fruit and a balanced finish. An elegant wine which is approachable now and whose struture will show added complexities over the next 5 - 8 years.
November 1, 2008
Dr. Allan Marks, Graham Pierce, Rob Thielicke