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Kathy Malone
 
June 17, 2022 | Naramata, SubGI, Winemaking | Kathy Malone

The Down & "Dirt-"y on our Single Vineyard Merlots

SINGLE VINEYARD MERLOTS

The Down & "Dirt"-Y

Through the summer of 2010, Hillside hosted a number of “terroir tastings” from barrels, illustrating the similarities and differences between four blocks of 2009 Merlot from the Naramata bench and one Oliver block. 

The difference was obvious—almost a Sesame Street segment of “one of these things is not like the other” --the wine from Oliver fruit was “benchmark” dark plum Merlot, while the Naramata-sourced fruit was more complex and in addition to the classic merlot flavours, all shared a flavour component attributable to the soil.

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