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Stag's Hollow Renaissance Meritage
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Stag's Hollow Renaissance Meritage 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWow, what a treat, and a further confirmation that 2016 is the best vintage we have experienced in the modern BC wine era. Clean, supple, and simply delicious to drink, it has the balance to go the distance, but you can enjoy it now – a rare combination in wine. From dark chocolate to red and black fruits to silky tannins, it's all here but in a tighter package that leans toward complexity rather than pure hedonism. It is already an excellent dinner wine that can take on most major meat dishes or a favourite cheese. The wine finished its ferment in French oak barrels: 40 percent in new 228-litre, thin-staved Bordeaux barrels, and the remainder in 3rd-fill 300-litre hogsheads, ageing in place for 18 months before blending and bottling without fining or filtration. It is 76% merlot, 13% cabernet sauvignon, 11% cabernet franc. Well done.Tasted: 31 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 45.00 winery direct and private wine shops Producer: Stag's Hollow Winery and VineyardDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 845891UPC: 626990057321