Lock and Worth’s Merlot 2016 celebrates the vineyard and grape with lightness and purity.
The beauty of this wine is its unexpected nature. Merlot is B.C.’s most planted red grape, and is usually shaped into heavy, oaky wines. Not so at Lock and Worth. This Naramata winery takes the ‘less is more’ approach, and chooses to give the vineyard and grape free and uncompromising expression. The Merlot vines were planted in 1995 on the Naramata Bench and their concentrated fruit clusters are gently de-stemmed, then fermented in neutral French oak barrels and bottled without fining or filtration. The ethos of ‘nothing added and nothing taken away’ creates an ethereal Merlot, with bright ruby hue, and pure flavours of sweet red plums and savoury herbs. Fine tannins and refreshing acidity shape a supple, medium-bodied wine. The slight haze you might notice is normal and harmless, and reflects Lock and Worth’s hands-off approach. Juicy and energetic, this wine will dance with herby grilled lamb chops, Szechuan noodles, or earthy mushroom pizza.