Anthony Gismondi on Wine
CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlottext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEnd Game fruit comes off the Eastern Benches – Osoyoos East Bench and Black Sage Bench. There's a five-day cold soak before a 100 percent wild fermentation and a 50-55 day extended maceration. According to winemaker Phil McGahan, after 30-plus days, the purity of fruit comes out in the wine. The nose is very pure red fruit character with no visible signs of oak. The barrels are made from two different forests using alternating air-dried staves to complex the wine. There is lovely elegance here with bright savoury warm fruit and just a hint of spice — a classy start toward a new-style of Okanagan merlot where less is more.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 752683UPC: 776545800381