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All Black Sage Vineyard™ wines are fermented in small lots, which allows for careful monitoring and direction. A combination of punch-down and pump-over fermenting extracts firm tannins from the grapes without aggressive harshness. The process is also temperature controlled to achieve a balance between colour, tannin extraction and fruit flavours.

2013 Cabernet Franc
2013 Cabernet Franc

The 2013 Black Sage Vineyard™ Cabernet Franc is produced from tenacious vines that for over 20 years have thrived in the rugged South Okanagan desert. Aged in French and American oak for more than 12 months, it offers ripe plum and blueberry flavours mingled with earthy notes, a hint of vanilla and spice.

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Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

On the nose you get lots of red fruit with hints of plum and blueberry, with touches of sage and mint. This is followed by earthy aromas of spice and vanilla from the oak. The palate bursts with red fruit with some blueberry, and the oak aging has added a bit of spice. The tannins coat the entire mouth, leading to a smooth and soft finish.

Technical Notes

Alc./Vol.
13%
Total Acidity
6.4 g/L
PH Level
3.75
Residual Sugar
3 g/L
Release Date
Sept 2015

Food Pairing

Our Cabernet Franc pairs well with cuisines such as Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern. You can also enjoy it with roasted poultry, wild game, grilled lamb and pork, or a mushroom burger with swiss cheese.

2013

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

The vines for this wine dig deep in the parched Canadian landscape to produce a robust red wine brimming with flavour and character. Aged in French and American oak for more than 12 months, the 2013 Black Sage Vineyard™ Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe raspberry and blackberry flavours, enhanced by hints of vanilla on the finish.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits ripe raspberry and blackberry with hints of vanilla on the nose. The dark fruit continues on the palate with blackberry and some warm spice and natural oak sweetness. The tannins are plentiful, but they are soft and mouth coating.

Technical Notes

Alc./Vol.
13%
Total Acidity
6.7 g/L
PH Level
3.8
Residual Sugar
3 g/L
Release Date
Sept 2015

Food Pairing

Pair our Cabernet Sauvignon with beef tenderloin, grilled steak, pulled pork, lamb chops, barbecued ribs, and strong sharp cheeses.

2013

2013 Merlot
2013 Merlot

Like other reds from the Black Sage Vineyard™ these vines dig deep to produce an elegant wine. Aged in French and American oak for over 12 months, the 2013 Black Sage Vineyard™ Merlot displays intense aromas of red and dark fruit, with a hint of plum and vanilla. 

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Merlot

Tasting Notes

This Merlot exhibits a nice mix of red and dark fruit with hints of plum and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, red fruit dominates with hints of spice such as cinnamon and clove. The tannins are round, soft and mouth coating with just a touch of sweetness.

Technical Notes

Alc./Vol.
13.5%
Total Acidity
6.8 g/L
PH Level
3.6
Residual Sugar
4 g/L

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with cuisines such as French, Italian and Spanish. Try a glass with beef steak, short ribs, or an herb-crusted pork roast. For a gourmet touch, our Merlot is ideal for creating rich red wine sauces to drizzle over roasted and grilled meats.

2013

2009 Pipe
2009 Pipe

We have chosen the name “Pipe” to reflect the time-honoured tradition of Port producers and the quality of this fine wine. The wine is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Partway through fermentation, the process is stopped by adding high-alcohol grain spirits, bringing the alcohol up to 18-19% and leaving behind residual sugar.

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Pipe

Tasting Notes

This Merlot exhibits a nice mix of red and dark fruit with hints of plum and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, red fruit dominates with hints of spice such as cinnamon and clove. The tannins are round, soft and mouth coating with just a touch of sweetness.

Technical Notes

Size
500 mL
Alc./Vol.
19.5%
Total Acidity
6.8 g/L
PH Level
3.83
Residual Sugar
80 g/L
Release Date
November 2013

Food Pairing

This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of strong cheeses such as blue or stilton. If you enjoy something sweeter - dark chocolate, or a dessert with raisins or figs will certainly pair well.

2009

2013 Shiraz
2013 Shiraz

Deep red in colour, this wine has cherry and plum on the nose, with hints of white pepper, vanilla and spice. Our 2013 Shiraz is a full bodied, rich and well structured wine, displaying ripe flavours of black fruits and red berries on the palate, with hints of floral tones and spice from the oak. The chewy tannins coat the mouth, leading to a complex finish.

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Shiraz

Tasting Notes

On the nose you will find dark fruit with hints of white pepper, vanilla and spice. On the palate the dark fruit has a jammy note with hints of floral tones and spice from oak. Chewy tannins coat the mouth and the complex finish has you coming back for more.

Technical Notes

Alc./Vol.
13.5%
Total Acidity
5.6 g/L
PH Level
3.8
Residual Sugar
3 g/L

Food Pairing

This full bodied wine stands up to big bold flavours, such as prime rib, peppercorn steak, wood-fired pizza and hearty lamb stew.

2013

2013 Zinfandel
2013 Zinfandel

Deep purple in colour, this 2013 Zinfandel is intense in aroma and flavour. Ripe red berry notes and savoury aromas of spicy oak on the nose are complemented by similar rich red fruit flavours on the palate, layered with toasty oak and mouth-coating tannins on the long and lingering finish.

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Zinfandel

Tasting Notes

This Zinfandel is characterized by the amount of dark fruit found on the nose and the palate. This fruit is balanced off by the spice of the oak and the backbone of the mouth coating tannins. The fruit persists right through the long and lingering finish.

Technical Notes

Alc./Vol.
13%
Total Acidity
7.2 g/L
PH Level
3.523
Residual Sugar
4 g/L

Food Pairing

Pair this Zinfandel with pulled pork, barbequed ribs, braised short ribs, leg of lamb, and cured meats.

2013

Black Sage Vineyard™ wines represent the best of the Okanagan Valley, and demonstrate what happens when the right vines are planted in the right location.