Deep Root’s Merlot

deep-roots-2I first wrote about the Deep Root’s Winery when they won the Trophy for the Best Red Wine of the Year with their Syrah 2014  at the 35th edition of the All Canadian Wine Championships.  We were looking forward to finally visit the winery and sample their world class wines.  We were also able to have a brief discussion with Owner and Vineyard Manager Bryan Hardman and hear his thoughts on the 2016 vintage.

He expects the vintage to be exceptional for Deep Roots Winery due to the more even summer heat this year. Their vineyard location close to the lake means that unlike some Naramata vineyards in the upper bench their grapes do not “shutdown” when temperatures spike above 35ºC.  He was looking forward to a long growing season and not harvesting his reds until late October.  He also mentioned that the production of their Platinum Award Winning Syrah will actually be lower than 2015.  This is because the grape production was down due to the extremely hot 2015 summer and the grapes had to be rationed between their Estate and other wineries supplied by the Deep Root’s vineyard. So get your Syrah 2015 order in early!

The Wines

deep-roots-9Deep Roots Winery Gamay 2015 Aromas of blueberry, cherry, raspberry and a slight savoury meatiness. The palate is dry, light and juicy,  with crisp acidity and flavours of orange zest, red berry fruit and a hint of black olive with a long finish and good flavour concentration.  An excellent Beaujolais style wine.

deep-root-merlotDeep Roots Winery Merlot 2014 A complex nose of mixed berry, pastry crust, black cherry, dried strawberry, baking spices and savoury dried herbs, showing classic old world Bordeaux-like character. None of the “green fruit” unfortunately present is some other BC Merlots. The palate is dry, with ripe smooth tannins and intense flavours of black plum, black cherry, plum , cocoa powder, toasty wood and hints of leather and mint. Will age well for 6-10 years. This is the best 2014 BC Merlot I have tasted so far!

Deep Roots Winery Malbec 2014 A floral nose with potpourri and vanilla as well as a raw spiciness of pepper and paprika along with cassis, blackcurrant leaf, plum, mint, some dried thyme, sundried tomato and toasty oak. The palate is dry and full-bodied with intense flavours of dried thyme and a background of cassis, black plum and blackberries. The flavours are well balanced and with a long, lingering finish.

If you are in the Naramata area you really should stop by Deep Roots Winery and buy these award winning wines before they too are sold out.