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CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlottext
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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 a 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