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Intersection Silica Merlottext
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Intersection Silica Merlot 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of two very interesting merlots that exploit the complex mix of soils at Intersection Winery along Road 8 in Oliver. Silica is a single block merlot farmed and harvested using sustainable methods. Its aged in both French and American oak for twelve months and bottled unfiltered. Silica, also boasts the 181 merlot clone, the benchmark French merlot clone in Canada. The Silica block is completely different in soil structure offering sandy loam or the remains of beach deposits from an ancient glacial lake. It tends to warm up quickly in the sun and drains even quicker keeping yield slow but flavours intense. Slightly more generous in texture and weight but still with floral undertones there is a finesse and elegance that is surely where BC merlot must go.Tasted: 08 October 2015Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 28.69 winery direct, private wine shops, restaurants Producer: Parallel 49 Vineyards LimitedDistributors: Univins and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 9167