Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage 2009
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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage 2009 Wine Review
Elegant and aristocratic with terrific structure and lovely fleshy ripe black fruit. Smoke and cedar with a lick of spice on the finish. Full-bodied and fairly smooth, so decant only 1 hour. This will do very well in the cellar. Benchmark Canadian Meritage. 4.6/5 Meritage food pairings: intensely flavoured or braised red meat dishes.
This Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage 2009 was reviewed September 12, 2013 by Natalie MacLean
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|Burrowing Owl Meritage is a blend of five varieties grown in Burrowing Owl’s Vineyard off Black Sage Road in Oliver: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The components assembled for this blend vary from vintage to vintage, with the best blocks of grapes being selected. The grapes from each varietal in this blend were separately destemmed, crushed and gravity dropped into closed top stainless steel tanks. The grapes rested at low temperatures prior to being heated and inoculated with our selected yeast strains. Each varietal was fermented separately for 12 to 20 days on skins prior to draining and pressing. The wine was then inoculated with bacteria before being transferred to barrels for Malolactic Fermentation (MLF). At the conclusion of MLF, the wines were racked off lees and transferred back into a mixture of French, American, Hungarian and Russian oak barrels where it was aged with occasional rackings. During the final individual rackings the components for the 2009 Meritage were blended before being transferred back to barrel with rackings every three months prior to bottling.|
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