2017 End Game Merlot

A complex, lifted nose, showcasing sassafras, licorice, spice, chocolate, raspberry and deep red fruits. The palate is rich, with more spice, savoury notes, raspberry, dark chocolate, good weight, firm tannins and immense length.

Eastern Benches (Osoyoos East Bench & Black Sage Bench)
Aromas & Texture
Complex & Strong
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"The fruit for this wine is from both the Black Sage Bench and vineyards near Osoyoos. The wine, which was aged 21 months on oak, is the more immediately approachable of these two Merlots. It begins with aromas of black cherry and cassis. Those are echoed on the palate, along with a hint of spice and licorice on the finish."

96 points, John Schreiner

"The 2017 vintage of CheckMate’s End Game Merlot really impresses. Following the house style, this is richly concentrated with dense ripe fruit flavours that gain complexity from fragrant sage, sassafras and savoury notes. This youthful red would benefit from time in the cellar before opening, drink 2022 to 2030."

94 points, Globe & Mail

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