King’s Ransom Meritage

2020

  • Gold – 2023 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2023 Cascadia International Wine Competition – US

2017

This is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon aged a full 24 months in both French and American oak barrels, which impart a certain luxuriousness. There is indeed plenty of oak spice, vanilla and resin on the nose but the berry jam, plummy-pruny fruit is very ripe and generous too, and it all fits together well. It is full bodied, plush, warm and rich. Fans of big California cabs like Silver Oak with like this style. Some will find the oak too dominant I am sure, and the tannins are quite muscular. But about three years of age with mellow it even more. The length is excellent.

  • Gold – 2022 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA
  • 91 points/Silver – 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards – UK
  • Silver – 2022 Los Angeles International wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2021 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA
  • Silver – 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition – US

2014

For the past several years I have been tasting this red blend and noting its steady evolution. This vintage has really slipped into a high gear now, and showed spectacularly well in its blind flight. Bright, youthful plums and ripe cassis join smoke and oak spice aromas. Wonderful chocolatey flavours with black wine gum and smoke layer the palate, coating very firm tannins with smooth fruit density. Very well-structured with uplifting acidity, it's still showing a tannic tightness that will relax over the few years. An excellent red to match the very fine sparkling 'The One' from this Okanagan Falls family estate.

  • 99 points/ Double Gold – 2018 New World International Wine Competition – US
  • Gold – 2018 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition – US

2009

  • Gold – 2014 InterVin International Wine Competition – CA
  • Silver – 2013 National Wine Awards – CA
  • Silver – 2012 International Wine & Spirits Competition – UK