On the nose, this wine displays outstanding complexity with loads of black fruits and cassis, accentuated by aromas of mint, vanilla, cedar and tobacco. On the palate, there is tremendous richness and length from the abundant, silky tannins, supported by opulent primary black fruits and a slight mintiness. A classic Bordeaux-style wine from a classic Okanagan vintage. Drink 2009 through 2016, possibly aging longer depending on your preference and individual assessment of the wine.
Burrowing Owl Estate Vineyards
Pair with Herb-rubbed Duck or Beef tenderloin with red pepper-goat cheese sauce
The blend for this wine was assembled from the best individual parcels of Bordeaux varietals from the Burrowing Owl Estate vineyards. The wines from each vineyard block were made separately, and each component wine was assessed for quality and suitability for our flagship Meritage blend. Only the best wines made it into the final blend. The Meritage has received a total of 22 months barrel aging and was bottled in August, 2008.
The 2006 vintage was indeed one of the best vintages in the Okanagan. Near perfect growing conditions all season long, but especially in September and October, the key ripening months, gave wines with incredible richness and tannin structure.
pH 3.82 TA 6.5 g/L
Closure: The 2006 Meritage is sealed with a new, state of the art closure: the Procork membrane barrier cork, which consists of a natural cork with the ends protected by a sophisticated, multilayer membrane. The purpose of the membrane is to dramatically reduce the incidence of TCA (aka ‘cork taint’) in the wine and to add longevity. To our knowledge, Burrowing Owl is the first winery in North America to adopt this new type of closure.
66.7% new Oak.
27.5% Cabernet Franc
12.5% Canbernet Sauvignon
2.5% Petit Verdot