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CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEnd Game comes off two warm, southwest facing benches along the eastern side of the valley: Osoyoos East Bench and the Black Sage Bench sitting at +300 metres. The soils are mostly sandy, but the rolling hillsides of vines result in multiple expositions, giving McGahan a wide selection of flavours and styles to use in his blends. The fermentation is wild, and it's finished in the barrel where the wine remains in contact with its skins for 50+ days, building texture, complexity of flavour, and purity of fruit. The finished wine is aged 21 months in 100 percent oak. 2016 is brilliant from its sagebrush dusted black and red currant fruit, sensational silky textures, and vibrant finish. Low cropping and a long, cool finish to the growing season has resulted in a vibrant, intense, multi-layered merlot, and it is just a baby. If you want to try it now, I suggest grilled meat is the match; otherwise, cellar ageing through 2022 is highly recommended.Tasted: 04 February 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery direct, wine club members BC 196.00 1500 winery direct, wine club members BC 439.00 winery direct, wine club members BC 989.00 6000 winery direct, wine club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 752683UPC: 776545800381