2018 Painted Rock Red Icon
VARIETAL: Red Blend
REGION: Penticton, Skaha Lake - Okanagan Valley
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 mL
A standout vintage of this Painted Rock classic. Rich aromas of cassis, bramble fruit and eucalyptus. Full on the palate and elegantly balanced with bright acidity and polished tannins. Lingering dark fruit and nutmeg on the lengthy finish.
Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak. 56% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot.Each vineyard block was individually hand picked and berry sorted. Blocks were then broken into small batches, cold soaked on their skins for four days and fermented for an additional 21 days on their skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. All batches are then barrel aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. The barrels that were blended to create the Red Icon were chosen first for their specific attributes. The wine was blended prior to bottling, unfiltered.
Vintage review: It was an overall cooler vintage with a delayed start due to cool and wet weather. The vineyard caught up by mid-summer, just in time for the smoke to roll in in August and delay things with the blocked sunlight. That said, we are incredibly pleased this was the only impact of the smoke on our vineyard. We intentionally left leaves on all the vines throughout the smoke risk period in case there were soot issues, but due to the fantastic air movement on our site no soot settled on the fruit. Thanks to a lovely fall with lots of sunlight and little rain, the fruit was beautifully ripened on schedule with harvest beginning in October and completed by November 5th.
Achieving the esteemed Winery of the Year at the 2018-19 InterVin International Wine Awards
Previous vintage, 2017 Painted Rock Red Icon Nominated as a Decanter Magazine "Wine of the Year" 2020
John Schreiner - 94 Points "The wines from Painted Rock Estate Winery have never disappointed this reviewer, nor – I suspect – any of Painted Rock’s customers."