CheckMate Artisanal Winery
End Game Merlot
About this winery
The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.
Fermentation: 100% Wild & Extended skin contact Barrel Aging : French oak (100% new); 21 months in oak
Blending the best soils and sites of Osoyoos East Bench and Black Sage Bench this wine showcases the warmer eastern side of the Okanagan Valley.
A complex, lifted nose, showcasing sassafras, licorice, spices, deep red fruits and vanilla. The palate is rich, with savoury notes, good weight, firm tannins and immense length.