EX NIHILO VINEYARDS MERLOT v.2008
|APPELLATION:||Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley|
|BOTTLE SIZE:||750 ml.|
|RESIDUAL SUGAR:||3.6 g/L (0)|
The 2008 growing season at Ex Nihilo began with a much cooler spring which led to a later than usual bud break. summer temperatures were also a little lower than average resulting in a later ripening that was fully achieved thanks to warmer weather in August and continued into September. The grapes were hand harvested October 28, 2008.
The 2008 Merlot was fermented in stainless tanks at maximum temperature of approx 30 c. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels and laid down in bottle for a period before being released.
A classic Merlot with a rich ruby-red colour. Aromas of ripe raspoberries, Okanagan cherries, dark chocolate and allspice. Round, soft tannins and sublt use of oak enbelope the palate and give the wine a smooth, lingering finsih. This elegant wine is approachable now and whose structure will show added complexities through 2016.
April 1, 2011