$33.00 (inc. tax)
A rich, bold blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with aromas and flavours of plum, blueberry and cherry. Abundant tannins would suggest decanting before serving with heartier foods. Quite enjoyable now but also an excellent wine to age; 3-5 years is suggested.
Our Merlot came from Naramata vineyard, which is located on the East Bench of Naramata township, westernly exposure Cab Sauv and Syrah are from Paulson Vineyard in Osoyoos. Located on the East side of Osoyoos lake, South-Western exspoure makes it ideal to grow excellent fruit.
The three components of the blend Merlot (60%), Cab. Sauv. (25%) and Syrah (15%), were crafted so that they could stand alone. The Merlot was processed first, then the Cab and Syrah were crushed and coldstored for 36 hours to get additional colour and phenolic extractions. The Merlot was aged in French oak and the Cab and Syrah in American oak.
86 Points – ANTHONY GISMONDI
“The Kalala Aspire mixes organically grown merlot (60%) that comes off the East Bench of Naramata township, with the cabernet sauvignon (25%) and syrah (15%) picked at Paulson Vineyard on the East side of Osoyoos lake, facing south-west. The merlot is aged in French oak, while the rest goes into American oak. At six years, it is beginning to reach its zenith, although it comes with considerable tannin yet to be dispersed. Black and blue fruits flood the palate, but the finish is dry and hard with those tannins poking out. Best with grilled, fully marbled steak.” Check full review
60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah