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2017 Small Lot Block 1B Carmenere

Block 1B Carmenere

Vineyard Designation
Small Lot

Carménère thrives in our Becker vineyard on the Black Sage bench. This is a late ripening varietal that benefits from hot and dry summers and cooler nights. The long sunny days in the South Okanagan and the westerly aspect of Becker vineyard provide the perfect environment for Carménère to prosper.

You can expect to find classic notes such as supple flavours of red and black berries and a hint of pepper and fennel. Partially barrel fermented with 100% maturation in new French oak, this wine has very refined tannins and incredible structure. It is a superb example of what Carménère can exhibit.

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Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER NOTES 2017 growing season got off to a slow start with bud break occurring nearly two weeks later than average. But this was followed by a hot and dry summer that really allowed the grapes to fully ripen. This was also a year of reduced yields however, it resulted in small, concentrated berries that produced wines of pronounced depth and intensity.
Vineyard Notes
Becker Vineyard was initially developed in 1977, as part of the pioneering Becker Project, which demonstrated that vitis vinifera could thrive in British Columbia. However, the property’s potential for late ripening red varieties was first identified in 1993, and was replanted to Cabernet family varieties that year. Tucked up against the Okanagan Highland mountains, Becker Vineyard produces finessed, elegant wines from the upper terrace of the Black Sage Bench.
6.2 g/L
Partially barrel fermented
Residual Sugar
0.2 g/L
Harvest Date
October 12-31
Bottling Date
August 2019
25 cases
20 months in French oak, 100% new
Aging Potential
8-10 years
100% Carmenere