2021 The Judge
Wine Specs
Vintage
2021
Appellation
Golden Mile Bench
Harvest Date
September 17 - October 29, 2021
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.9
Bottling Date
May 22, 2024
Residual Sugar
0.4 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5

2021 The Judge

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Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The 2021 growing season in the South Okanagan was one for the history books as the driest on record, due in large part to the “Heat Dome” and its record-breaking high temperatures. It was also one of the warmest years, seeing the most growing degree days GDD (1758) since 2015. Following flowering, we experienced an extremely dry and hot June during fruit set. The heat led to a lighter fruit set and smaller berry size than usual. While there was less fruit per vine and the yield was light in volume, on the upside the smaller berries in the clusters resulted in more concentrated flavours and colours on the red varietals. Similarly, for the white varietals there are intense flavours and vibrant aromatics. With the warm dry season, the grapes reached phenolic ripeness earlier than usual with harvest commencing and finishing early. We began picking the whites on August 27th for our Ti Amo (Prosecco-style sparkling wine). We started picking our first reds in mid-September with our Block 10 Merlot on September 14th at our historic Golden Mile Bench estate vineyard. We finished our last estate reds pick with Cabernet Sauvignon from Block 8 of our Golden Mile Bench vineyard on October 28, 2021. Overall, the 2021 harvest produced wines of outstanding quality and varietal character. We expect to see some intense, fruit driven wines, with excellent depth of flavour.
Winemaker Notes
Crafted in a classic Bordeaux style using Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a co-fermentation of Petit Verdot and Malbec, each varietal was hand picked, hand sorted and destemmed before being cold soaked for two days prior to inoculation. Fermentation took place in our Italian Ganimede fermentation tanks after which, the wine was gently pressed off the skins and encouraged through a malolactic fermentation. The lots were blended and barreled down in a combination of new and old French barrels for a subtle oak integration. After aging for 24 months in barrel, the wine was blended and bottled in May of 2024.

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