Opening Gambit Merlot
$85.00* Suggested retail price
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.
An elegant nose of blackcurrant and black fruits with creamy understones. The palate is charming, with dark, ripe, fruits, supple tannins and well integrated oak.
The sandy Osoyoos-Complex soils found adjacent to the Canada-USA border, combine with steep and undulating exporsures, to produce pristine, ripe fruit that forms the basis of this stylish wine.