Cedar Creek Merlot 2017
MISSION HILL / MARK ANTHONY
1% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Cabernet Franc
Our Desert Ridge vineyard wreaks havoc on vineyard tools. Round river rocks and heavy soils make for rough terrain. Despite these challenges, it’s one of our favourite sites. Why? Because the unforgiving land forces our vines to work hard and dig deep for water, and the rocks soak up the afternoon sun, radiating the heat back to the vines at night.
Above-average growing degree days in the spring contributed to an early bud break. Cooler days and evenings arrived in August, which slowed down the ripening of the grapes and allowed for greater flavour development while retaining freshness and acidity.