Explore the Canadian Okanagan in your own way with Cru International’s Okanagan Meritage.
This dry, medium-bodied wine opens on the nose with delicious aromas of red currant, cassis, vanilla, cigar box, and spices. On the palate, it unveils a round mouthfeel with polished tannins for a supported finish. Terrior: The Canadian Okanagan is a beautiful and expansive valley stretching over 250km, where mother nature has created the ideal climate for viticulture. The lake that spans the valley helps to temper the summer heat, alongside the Cascade and Coast Mountains which create a rain shadow effect, resulting in the perfect growing conditions for grapes.
The Okanagan is known for its wineries and fruit orchards and is surrounded by pine forests and provincial parks. Pair this wine with braised beef with pomme purée, bison burgers with blue cheese, garlic lamb chops with chickpea purée, or triple cream cheese.
Includes 125 g of Genuwine Dried Grape Skins*. Genuwine grape skins are crushed, whole grape skins, gently dried in a proprietary process that preserves their original color and fresh vineyard flavor. Fermentation on Genuwine dried grape skins enhances the color, flavor profile and bouquet of wine.
*This recipe kit uses a RealGrape pack to boost flavor and body. Because the grape skins are not dried, they take up more space in your fermentor. This recipe requires the larger 7.9 gallon wine fermentor.
Note: This kit does not include bottle labels.
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|Wine Style||Other Red|
|Wine Region||North America|
|Includes Grape Skins||Yes|
|Food Pairings||Pair this wine with braised beef with pomme purée, bison burgers with blue cheese, garlic lamb chops with chickpea purée, or triple cream cheese.|
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Batch 1: Prior to finishing, i found it sultry and oaky. Could it stand alone without f-pak? I tasted the f-pak and found mostly sweetness and wasnt sure if it would add to whole flavor profile. Added it. Out of gate, it is good and could be crossover enough to satisfy a diversity of tongues. Will age for a year and reevaluate. Batch 2: on the precipace of deciding whether to leave f-pack out as it stands alone and very similar to a pinot. But wine designers created this combination on purpose...so why mess with design. If i want a full dry red i can make a amarone' or pinot. Fingers crossed on both batches.
This is my favorite wine to make. I can't make it fast enough to keep up with demand. I like it because it doesn't need to age long. I usually start drinking it within a few months of bottling. I made a kit in July and sampled some in September and by October it had mellowed out and now by December it is all gone and I am making another kit to be bottled after Christmas. Ideally, I'd like to wait until after March to start drinking it but I'm guessing I will sample some in February. I better order another kit!
Great kit love the skins and oak flavor!
We have ordered this kit twice. Its excellent!
This kit was great...produced a really tasty all around red. Was great at bottling and amazing after just a few months. Will be making again!
Been really happy with all the red kits I've gotten from RJS.