Chic Fille Merlot 2019

The Chic Fille series is a side project where our winemaker, Heidi, can creatively work with other varieties and styles outside of the core JoieFarm portfolio focus of aromatic Germanic and Burgundian varieties.

Chic Fille Merlot is a fresh, juicy example of what Merlot can be when it is not over-extracted in style. Heidi employed a partial lot of semi-carbonic, ambient cask-fermented Merlot that produced the juicy, fruit-forward splash of freshness she intended. The single vineyard is located in Peachland on a high bench overlooking Lake Okanagan, originally planted in the 1990s by the iconic Hainle family and now run by the Joie viticulture team. Its altitude and southern exposure really allowed for a long phenolic development without gaining to much alcohol. At a moderate 11% this wine is the perfect choice to incorporate into a meal where many wines are going to be enjoyed or afternoon of holiday imbibing that turns into a longer session of wines enjoyed with dinner!  

This wine is a small-lot production with 120 cases produced. It is only available to our wine club members but is being offered to the general public for this short holiday window only.

Check out this recipe for Juniper Beef Stew with Prune Plums written by Heidi. She developed this dish specifically to pair with this wine!