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Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

Canada, British Columbia
92 WA
92 WA
Burrowing Owl Meritage 2017

An intense and complex nose of ripe dark fruit with intriguing savoury notes. Cassis, blackberry and ripe black Italian plum mix with gamy, meaty notes, cedar, graphite and some subtle dried rose petal in the background. The full-bodied palate is packed with intense flavour, is firmly structured and built for ageing with ripe tannins and crisp acidity. Powerful cassis, black cherry and some complex pepper, clove, orange zest and dried thyme linger on the long finish.

Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 18%, Petit Verdot 3%
¥7,150

An intense and complex nose of ripe dark fruit with intriguing savoury notes. Cassis, blackberry and ripe black Italian plum mix with gamy, meaty notes, cedar, graphite and some subtle dried rose petal in the background. The full-bodied palate is packed with intense flavour, is firmly structured and built for ageing with ripe tannins and crisp acidity. Powerful cassis, black cherry and some complex pepper, clove, orange zest and dried thyme linger on the long finish.

Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 18%, Petit Verdot 3%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Product Code B005R00617
UPC 688229007170
Inventory In Stock (39)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

An intense and complex nose of ripe dark fruit with intriguing savoury notes. Cassis, blackberry and ripe black Italian plum mix with gamy, meaty notes, cedar, graphite and some subtle dried rose petal in the background. The full-bodied palate is packed with intense flavour, is firmly structured and built for ageing with ripe tannins and crisp acidity. Powerful cassis, black cherry and some complex pepper, clove, orange zest and dried thyme linger on the long finish.

Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Pairing

Pair this with roast venison with cassis infused demi-glace, lamb rack with a rosemary and garlic crust or spice rubbed, char-roasted cauliflower.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
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Sara d'Amato.  Very tannic, tight and salty. Burrowing Owl's Meritage has a chalky texture and is somewhat drying at present. Exceptionally concentrated and offering significant length, this Bordeaux style blend requireds further time in bottle. Tasted November 2020.
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David Lawrason.  This has a rather grand nose with very ripe currant/chutney prune, tobacco, fresh herbs, cigar smoke and some tar. It is full bodied, robust and quite lush yet smooth on the mid-palate, with choppy slightly green tannin. Flavour intensity is impressive; so is the length. I like the structure and generosity. The length is excellent
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

The 2017 growing season got off to a cool, slow start but the vines quickly caught up for lost time in the summer months. The warm temperatures through August and September combined with the cool nights of late summer and early fall produced bold fruit flavors and retained acidity. Nice warm days in October helped to push the fruit to full ripeness prior to harvest.

Vinification

The different varietals were aged in barrel separately for 15 months before the first assemblage. The blend was then aged for another 3 months in barrels of different origins, cooperages and levels of toast that helped integrate the components and smooth the tannins while adding complex savoury notes. At completion of ageing it was bottled unfiltered and allowed to age further before its release.

Producer

Producer Description

It's All About The Wines

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada's most unique ecosystems which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada. In 1993, when Jim Wyse began to replant the vineyards which had been carefully selected for their ability to produce world class, premium quality grapes, the winery was not part of his long term vision. Having recognized the potential of this location, Jim was gratified to see wines made with his grapes gaining immediate recognition. Finally, the decision to build Burrowing Owl Estate Winery was confirmed and a winery license was obtained in 1997. Construction began in early1998 and completed just in time for that year's harvest. The site has since been enhanced with a beautiful fine-dining Restaurant and luxurious Guest House.

One of Canada's most unique ecosystems

The varied and deceptively fragile desert ecosystems within the adjoining vineyards continually challenge the environmentally sensitive team at Burrowing Owl. Alternative pest control systems are the standard. More than 100 bluebird boxes and two bat nurseries invite insect-eating guests to stay awhile and dine in the vineyards. Ground nests of meadowlarks are protected by barriers in springtime to prevent farm machinery and vineyard workers from inadvertently destroying them. Snakes are safely relocated. Bears and big horned sheep are discouraged from sharing the harvest but never harmed.

Today, with its dramatic vantage point in the middle of the vineyard, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is a winemaking facility that combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. A gravity-flow system handles ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Extensive underground cellaring capacity ensures that long term barrel aging is never limited by space.

Vineyards in Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos

The winery owns and manages all of the vineyard land growing grapes for the Burrowing Owl wines. The land base consists of 210 acres of producing vineyards distributed between three different locations: Black Sage (the  original 145 acre site) which contains an equal amount of red and white grapes, Osoyoos (54 acres on the eastern slopes above Osoyoos Lake, home to Bordeaux varietals and Syrah reds) and Keremeos (11 acres of Sauvignon Blanc in the Similkameen Valley). In total 16 varietals are grown and tended by a qualified and dedicated vineyard team.

Still, it takes special skills to turn these assets into fine wines. Their vineyard managers contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unsurpassed in the valley. Their dedicated team takes special pride in the success of these vineyards. And of course, they work closely with the winemaking team at Burrowing Owl to co-ordinate crop levels, ripeness targets, and the many other parameters necessary to produce only the finest quality wine.

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