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2012 Meritage

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 50% / Merlot 27% / Cabernet Franc 23%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169 Bordeaux, France
  • Merlot Clone 181 Bordeaux, France
  • Cabernet Franc Clone 331 Pyrénées-Atlanliques, France
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • Residual Sugar 2.4 g/L
  • Total Acidity 5.85 g/L
  • pH 3.88
  • Cases Produced 440
  • Released 2015

Flavour Profile

Deep purple in colour, the wine gives off a rich bouquet of dark fruits, floral aromas and notes of sweet tobacco. This Cabernet based blend is full bodied and intense, yet elegant and feminine with excellent structure and concentrated flavours. Dark berries, fig jam, and cocoa notes fill the mouth layered over silky tannins and minerality from the soil. The fruit and oak are particularly well integrated. The long finish shows baking spices, cinnamon and cardamom, and sweet vanilla. Enjoy as you would any full bodied Bordeaux style blend.


The grapes were destemmed and put through a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction, malolactic fermentation followed. Each varietal was individually fermented and barrel aged for 6 months before blending and then aged 12 additional months in French and American oak of which 60% were new barrels. Only 100% estate grown fruit was used in the wine. It is the winemaker’s goal to produce a wine that is true to the heritage of the terroir. Special attention is paid to balance the oak with the fruit while integrating the minerality of the soil.

Growing Conditions

During the 2012 growing season, late spring and early summer months experienced heavier than usual rainfall, generating dynamic growth that required our viticulturist to substantially shoot thin and remove fruit to preserve the quality of the grapes. The end of the 2012 growing season finished with above average heat units allowing ripening to develop evenly through October, resulting in superior fruit quality.