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Calliope Wines Figure 8 Red 2018

Canada, British Columbia
88 WSC
Calliope Wines Figure 8 Red 2018

Intense nose of black and red currant, plum, raspberry, maraschino cherry and floral violet notes with hints of dried sage. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and bright red plum, red currant, red cherry and some dried sage and thyme on the long savoury finish.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 41%, Cabernet Sauvignon 8%
¥3,300

Intense nose of black and red currant, plum, raspberry, maraschino cherry and floral violet notes with hints of dried sage. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and bright red plum, red currant, red cherry and some dried sage and thyme on the long savoury finish.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 41%, Cabernet Sauvignon 8%
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B005R00718
UPC 688229104183
Inventory In Stock (247)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Intense nose of black and red currant, plum, raspberry, maraschino cherry and floral violet notes with hints of dried sage. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and juicy with crisp acidity and bright red plum, red currant, red cherry and some dried sage and thyme on the long savoury finish.

Pairing

Pair this with eggplant parmigiana or grilled lamb chops rubbed in rosemary and garlic.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Press
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Approachable, fresh, spiced. An approachable blend of 50% Merlot with 41% Cab Franc and the rest Merlot that delivers plummy aromas woven with cocoa, tobacco, smoked spice-rubbed meat and fresh turned soil. It's fresh and straightforward with oodles of currents, tobacco, spice and leather flavours. An everyday dinner red for BBQ, hearty pastas, pizza, grilled eggplant or mushrooms.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

2018 started with early bud-break, and a warmer than average May. The season cooled during the summer months and rebounded with favourable September and October temperatures. The cooperative weather allowed us to retain acidity and grow high-quality fruit.

Viticulture

All the grapes for this blend were hand-picked from our vineyards in Osoyoos and Oliver from October 5 – early November.

Vinification

Grapes were hand sorted then gently crushed before being dropped into tanks for 4 days of cold soaking prior to alcoholic fermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging from 18 – 32 degrees Celsius. At completion, 100% of the wine was transferred separately into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation to occur. It was then racked and barreled down for ageing in 16% new oak, 10% 1st year oak, and 74% neutral oak barrels of French origin, lending a small amount of woodsy and toasty flavours. After 8 months and 4 rackings, the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were blended and filtered before bottling

analysis Alcohol: 13.5% | PH: 3.72 | Titratable acidity: 5.7 g/L ageing 68% French, 17% American and 14% Hungarian with 16% new

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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