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Summerhill Grasslands Merlot 2014

Canada, British Columbia
94 WSC
92 WA
Summerhill Grasslands Merlot 2014

An age worthy, full bodied, bold Merlot that shows why Merlot is the most planted grape in the Okanagan Valley!

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot
¥9,900

An age worthy, full bodied, bold Merlot that shows why Merlot is the most planted grape in the Okanagan Valley!

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 15%
Product Code B017R00414
UPC 779000128310
Inventory In Stock (100)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A maturing merlot is reaching its peak, with well integrated, complex aromas of strawberry and cherry jam, cedar, forest floor earthiness and tobacco.

The Label
The art displayed on this label is Jungle Fowl (2001) by Robert Bateman. Domesticated fowl are grazed in Summerhill's organic Okanagan vineyards to aid in pest control and soil fertility. Summerhill is proud to give a portion of the price of this wine to fund the Bateman Foundation's pro-nature initiatives.

Pairing

Roast beef, wagyu burgers, braised short ribs, and medium aged cheeses.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Press
94The International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK)
Silver Medal, IWSC
92WineAlign
John Szabo, MS. Fermented and aged 9 months in new, 1000l French oak casks, this is intriguing, chewy (unfined, unfiltered, I would guess, now throwing sediment) merlot, with some volatile-acetone-shoe polish character, black fruit, ripe but mostly dried fruit flavours. The palate shows a mid-weight frame with supple tannins, baked blueberry pie and pie crust, not unlike aged sangiovese from Tuscany, a strange but apt comparison. An idiosyncratic wine all in all, challenging in the intellectual sense, stretching definitions and paradigms. Take some time with this - there's a lot of complexity on offer. Tasted October 2020.
Reviews & Ratings

Double Gold Medal - 2019 All Canadian Wine Championships

Bronze Medal - 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (UK)

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

A hot vintage even for the Okanagan Valley.

Viticulture

Merlot from the benches above Skaha Lake in the central Okanagan Valley.  Organically farmed.

Vinification

Fermented and aged for 31 months in French and American oak barrels. Enticing notes of ripe cherry, berry preserves, milk chocolate, vanilla and sage. Firm, full tannins.

Production Amount

4200
Producer

Producer Description

Summerhill Pyramid Winery features organic and biodynamic wine grown in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Kelowna, British Columbia. Organic practices have been an integral part of Summerhill since the Kelowna vineyard was purchased by the Cipes family in 1986. Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well. Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir.
 

“Be a conduit and allow your vision, your dream to come through – and fortify it every day."
- STEPHEN CIPES, FOUNDER OF SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY

The team at Summerhill Pyramid Winery seeks to share universal truth, love, and gratitude. The following set of seven guiding principles is a statement of our intentions. These seven principles inform the way we make wine, our business practices, and the way we interact with the world. We are all connected and it is our sincerest hope that we can enhance your life through extraordinary organic pyramid cellared wines, organic local cuisine, and by all of our interactions together.

Gratitude

 

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