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Painted Rock Merlot 2013

Canada, British Columbia
91 GOW
91 NM
Painted Rock Merlot 2013
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot
¥9,350
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.8%
Product Code B006R00113
UPC 626990105848
Inventory Very Low Stock (2)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Sweet vanilla, spice and ripe berry and black plum on the nose. The palate shows more ripe black berries and mocha, balanced with French oak and vibrant acidity. A well balanced and structured wine.

Press
91Gismondionwine
Really enjoyed this merlot tasted in a line-up against several other local merlot. The texture is what makes this wine so inviting along with some delicious black fruit with brown spices and a savoury undercurrent. More Skaha and less French oak is a recipe to drinkability and fun. You can enjoy with a rare steak and a chimichurri sauce now or wait five years for this to improve further in bottle. (91 points, Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.ca.)
91Natalie Maclean
Savoury, dark and rich with a firm grip on the palate that will smooth out over time in the cellar. This is a remarkable and huge merlot. Pair with grilled lamb. Highly recommended. (91 points, Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.ca.)
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

The season started strong with a warm April, which led to good conditions for bud break. The drier than normal May set the stage for early flowering and then early ripening throughout the vineyard. The temperatures dipped in September and further in October with a wet first harvest and a rush to find enough traps to keep the swarms of angry wasps at bay. A benign weather system in November allowed for a later harvest of our reds.

Viticulture

  • Blend: 100% MERLOT
  • Clones: 181 & 347
  • Rootstock: RIPARIA & 3309

Vinification

Harvest of our three estate vineyard blocks of Merlot began on Oct. 17, 2013. Blocks were harvested individually, broken into small batches, cold soaked on the skins for 4 days and fermented for an additional 21 days on the skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. The resulting individual wines were aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak and blended prior to being bottled, unfiltered.

Producer

Producer Description

Vision

Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world’s finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980’s “Vinifera Program” (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vinifera) that convinced the Skinner’s that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found “The Black Hawk”, a spectacular 56 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once “the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth”. The orchard had been felled in the 1980’s and had lain fallow since.

Detailed analysis of the property occurred for the next year while the site was prepared and the property was planted in 2005.  Envisioned as a family-run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest “terroir” in the world and it was their job to deliver on its promise.   From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, “If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness. That's why we are 100% Estate."

Our Vineyard

1 vineyard: Our estate sits atop a 56 acre bench. Currently 27 acres are planted.

52,500 plants: The majority were planted in 2005, with small infill plantings done in 2006, 2009, 2018 and an additional Chardonnay block planted in 2017. High density plantings with 2,100 plants per acre at 7’x3’ spacing.

15 clones + 3 Rootstocks: Our clones and rootstock were sourced and propagated from a Bordeaux nursery. Each variety has at least two clones planted to offer blending opportunities and complexity.

UNIQUE SITE INFLUENCES:

  • West sloping bench
  • Surrounding amphitheatre of rock
  • Lake reflection
  • East-west planting strategy
  • Natural pest eliminators

LAND COMPOSITION:

  • Top soil
  • Layers of glacial silt, clay, sand and volcanic ash deposits
  • Underlying gravels

INTENTIONAL FARMING:

  • No pesticides used
  • Root training used to reduce irrigation
  • Labour intensive vigor pruning strategy implemented

Winemaking

Our pursuit of pure terroir expression.

  • Uncompromising. Since our beginning a conscious decision has been made to never cut corners. Our property has the potential and it is up to us to realize it.
  • Collaborative winemaking. Consultant Alain Sutre of Ertus Consulting in Bordeaux oversees the vineyard and winemaking team, lead locally by Gabriel Reis.
  • 100% single varietal wines. All varietally labelled wines are true single varieties.
  • Hand harvested. To ensure pristine berries, only undamaged clusters are harvested, gently destemmed and hand sorted.
  • No transportation. With our winery and vineyard onsite, there is no travel or delay between harvesting and processing, and no environmental impact from grape transportation.
  • Unfiltered. Our red wines are never filtered to ensure their most complete expression.
  • Renewable Energy. Solar panels were installed on our winery in 2017 to provide the power needs for the estate.
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