Nk'Mip Cellars 2008 Merlot - 87+pts
Availability: Available direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Production: 2211 cases
Date Tasted: April 10th, 2011
Tasting Notes: It's a bold move to ferment your Merlot to zero residual sugar producing a whopping 14.5% alcohol. You need to have confidence that the flavour profile and concentration will support the hotness from the alcohol leaving a balanced wine. That confidence pays off for Nk'Mip (pronounced "Inka-meep") from the Osoyoos region of the southern Okanagan Valley, resulting in a quality Merlot that over-delivers for the price.
A masculine wine with strong savoury characters of mocha, oak, tobacco and mint on the nose and palate while offering a welcomed vein of dark fruit tang and lingering spice on the long finish. Pair with a dry-rub steak or a plate of fine, dark chocolate for dessert. Drink 2011-2015.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca