bottle of merlot



Vintage 2018


Winemaking Notes

The 2018 vintage was warm throughout the growing season but was a bit tricky due to some heavy rains in the autumn. However good terroir and good vineyard practices allowing us to hang grapes and ripen them fully late into the season. Combined with intense sorting on our crush-pad, we were able to produce excellent fruit going into our fermenters. Picked on October 16, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and left to soak on skins for 5 days prior to fermentation.  The fermentation started spontaneously in small open-top fermenters. During fermentation, the skins were punched-down by hand 2 times per day. Once fermentation was finished, the wine remained on skins for 6 days before being gently pressed.  It was then transferred to (80%) French and (20%) American oak barrels (40% new, 20% 1-year-old, 40% 4+ year-old) and aged for 21 months. The 2018 Merlot was bottled on September 4, 2020.

Tasting Notes

A warm vintage and good terroir have resulted in fantastic concentration and intensity, with a wonderful balance and structure.  On the nose, mullberry, blackberry, black olive, crushed lilac and graphite aromas explode from the glass. Intense flavours of plum, strawberry, mocha, and prosciutto dominate, with licorice, sweet basil and green olives appearing in the background. Powerful yet soft tannins lead the way to a wonderful texture, matched only by good acidity and focus.  The core-structure keeps everything together all the way through what seems like an endless finish.

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(Niagara Lakeshore VQA)
Brix at Harvest: 23.8
Alcohol: 14.0%
Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.65


When it comes to shipping, our goal is to find the fastest and most reliable shipping option available to us. During the Covid pandemic, we have made significant changes with our delivery partners to serve you better.

For Toronto deliveries we primarily use Fil Delivery. They have been tremendous and we have had glowing reviews from customers. They update you on the expected delivery time throughout the day to ensure satisfaction. Deliveries leave the winery Mondays and Thursdays for delivery Tuesdays and Fridays.

For deliveries to Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara, winery staff often deliver same day or next. We aim to please as often as possible!

ICS is also used for Major Centers other than Toronto and local. Their delivery times are typically next day from pick up at the winery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Out of province and small-town Ontario deliveries are packaged appropriately with slow-release heat packs in winter reduce breakage and freezing through CanPar. We review shipping daily to identify issues before they arise. We do our best to help communicate any issues in advance to get the wine to you as quickly as possible.

We offer free shipping to anywhere in Ontario with purchase of 6 bottles or more. Purchases of less than 6 bottles can be accommodated for $10 flat rate. Please call the winery to arrange.

Out or province rates are as follows:

Quebec: $10 flat rate

All other provinces: $25 flat rate


We believe in simplicity, so our refund policy is simple and to the point.

  • If you’d like to return an unopened bottle of wine, we’ll gladly do so for you. No questions asked.
  • If there is a problem with the wines (either a fault or it is not to your liking - which happens very irregularly), we happily provide a credit for the full amount on another bottle at the winery. For delivered wine, we issue a credit to be applied to your next purchase.
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