Avondale Sky Montavista 2017
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64% Maréchal Foch, 23% Leon Millot, 13% Lucie Kuhlmann
The 2017 growing season started off fairly typical. Spring and summer delivered a little more rain than usual but the growing season was otherwise on par with most of the last decade. A particularly warm fall, with many warm nights through October and into November, led to an above-average level of ripeness in the grapes as well as lower than usual acidity.
This wine was co-fermented (the grape varieties were blended prior to fermentation) in a large stainless steel tank and macerated for five weeks to extract optimal colour and flavour from the grape skins. The wine was then pressed and aged with French and American oak while being exposed to small amounts of oxygen (micro-oxygenation) to help the wine soften and develop.
On the nose, this wine shows notes of dark fruit, (blackberry, cassis, and mulberry.) oak, (cedar, clove) with nutmeg and peppercorn. The palate shows a nice balance between smooth tannins, soft acidity, fresh fruit with a lingering oak and spice finish.
Suggested Food Pairings:
Best paired with BBQ’d, roasted, or smoked anything.
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L