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2019 Union 3L

2019 Union 3L

Enticing aromas of cherry, roasted peppers, tomato leaf and fresh mint on the nose. The bold and round palate is fruit forward with a complex spice character, notes of cocoa and structured yet approachable tannin creating a pleasing, enveloping texture and a lingering finish.

Enjoy now through 2028 under ideal cellaring conditions.

Merlot (72%), Cabernet Franc (21%), and Malbec (7%)

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SKU: 531200_19
Okanagan Valley
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Vineyard Notes
September brought more rain than usual and cooler temperatures which delayed ripening for some varieties. Canopy management was crucial throughout the season to create airflow through the vines and amongst the clusters as humidity was a recurring issue. Because we crop at lower yields, our fruit was unaffected and most of it harvested mid September to early October. October 10 brought a severe cold snap and shut down all the vines across the Okanagan. Grapes for the 2019 Union are sourced from Naramata Bench and Black Sage Bench Vineyards. The Merlot is primarily Estate grown.
Production Notes
Hand harvested, de-stemmed and minimally crushed into one ton fermenters to encourage a high percentage of whole berries. After a few days cold soak, the musts are gradually warmed up to initiate a natural or directed fermentation. Hand plunging is used to keep the cap moist and to ensure colour and tannin extraction. The total maceration time is approximately 3 weeks. The wines are drained and pressed off just before dryness, and tank settled prior to going to barrel.
Winemaker Notes
The 2019 Union undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation and matures in French Oak barrels (20% new) for 16 months.