2015 Exclamation Merlot
The 2015 vintage was warm, dry and featured lots of sunshine during the day, but also cool refreshing nights. No sustained heatwaves or heavy rains were present, leading to a slightly warmer-than-average summer. Established French varietals in the Niagara Peninsula had no issue with the lack of precipitation and fared quite well. 2015 represented a typical summer in Niagara, known for developing good, if not great fruit and acid characteristics in still and sparkling wines.
A complex, yet focused interpretation of moderate climate Merlot, this vintage of Exclamation showcases aromatics rooted in black cherry, candied liquorice, blackberry, and blueberry compote, with subtle aromas of clove and fresh mint leaves. Once allowed to breathe, notes of cedar resin, juniper and vanilla appear as undertones, suggesting complexity. The palate mirrors the nose, with special focus towards liquorice, dark chocolate and nutmeg, with dark cherry, plum and blackberry jam forming the backbone. Prevalent acid helps round tannic profile, allowing primary fruit to be bolstered and not lost behind aromatics derived from oak maturity.