Township 7 Merlot 2017Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis wine surprised me last year with its size and structure, and it’s almost as rich this vintage. The nose is a mix of savoury and balsamic notes that spill onto the palate. The attack is full-bodied but in that softer, rounder merlot way, bringing black cherries, plums and sweet tobacco leaf into the mix. Young but not particularly awkward, this will be fun to drink in two years and through 2027. Most of the power comes from the gravelly North Oliver Bench (Blue Terrace Vineyard) with lesser amounts for finesse from the Front Yard Vineyard on the Naramata Bench. It gets 14-20 days of maceration with thrice daily hand punch downs before ageing in American and French barrels for 18 months. I would love to see this with no American oak to tighten the final picture.Tasted: 07 November 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 25.97 BCLS AB 24.95 private wine stores Producer: Township 7 Vineyards and WineriesDistributors: Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd.
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 726596UPC: 626990024583